Congratulations to St Barnabas CE Primary School in Quarry Road Tunbridge Wells, who have this week beaten off the competition to win the "Reading Rocks 08" story competition sponsored by the Kent and Sussex Courier and Westfield, owners of Royal Victoria Place shopping centre.
Alongside ten other schools from Kent and East Sussex, children attended creative writing classes at Royal Victoria Place. A total of five hundred stories were then submitted to a judging panel made up of staff from the Courier and RVP, and three finalists were then voted on over the course of a week by school parents and RVP shoppers.
The winning entry - "The Missing Treasure" - was penned by pupils in years four, five and six at St Barnabas, winning the school a thousand pounds worth of Harper Collins' books for the school library.
St Barnabas - headed by the passionate and talented Teresa Anderson - is an excellent school with some unique challenges. It is a testament to the head teacher and the rest of her staff that they won this prize, but no surprise to those who know the school.
I'm immensely proud to have St Barnabas, a real treasure in itself, in my constituency.