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2018 My Place Competition EDUCATION RESOURCE


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UPDATE: Thank you to the 80 primary schools and 900 young writers from around the country, who made our 2018 My Place Competition such an outstanding success.

And the winners are...

Well done to Maia, Rebecca and all of the writers who entered the competition.

Read the Winning Entries

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ACTF Education is excited to announce the 2018 My Place Competition, a national short story contest for primary students in Years 3–6. We’re encouraging students to imagine a 2018 My Place character, and share their thoughts of what their life would be like under the fig tree.

The much-loved series My Place was produced by Matchbox Pictures and aired on ABC TV. It adapts the book of the same name, written by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins, into 26 episodes about 26 children who live in the same place. Spanning a period of over 200 years, the two series represent these children’s lives from prior to white settlement until the Prime Minister’s apology to Indigenous peoples in 2008. With each episode set one decade apart, the next episode in the My Place story would take place in 2018.

To mark this occasion, the ACTF is holding a national storytelling competition for primary students in Years 3–6. In line with the book and series format, entrants will be asked to tell the fictional story of a child living in the My Place neighbourhood in 2018. The winning entry will be published on the ACTF and My Place For Teachers websites.  

Key dates:

  • Entries can be uploaded to the ACTF site from 20 July 2018.
  • Entries will close on 31 August 2018.

Categories:

  • Years 3 and 4 – Entries of up to 500 words.
  • Years 5 and 6 – Entries of up to 1000 words.

My Place for Teachers:

Teachers can introduce or revisit the series through the free My Place for Teachers website, which was recently updated with high resolution clips from all 26 episodes. Clips on the site can be streamed or downloaded, and now play on all devices. My Place DVDs, books and big books are also available to purchase through the ACTF Shop.

Requirements:

Narratives in this short story contest should include:

  • The character’s name, background and their family life
  • Clothing and toys the character would have
  • Reference to the fig tree that appears throughout the series.

Including the following optional elements may help students replicate the My Place structure more closely, and build a compelling snapshot of life in 2018:

  • Current social, political or environmental issues
  • Education and lifestyle.

Prizes:

Years 3 and 4

  • 1st prize: $100 ACTF Shop vouchers for both the winning student, and their teacher
  • 2nd prize: $50 ACTF Shop vouchers for both the winning student, and their teacher
  • 3rd prize: $25 ACTF Shop vouchers for both the winning student, and their teacher

Years 5 and 6

  • 1st prize: $100 ACTF Shop vouchers for both the winning student, and their teacher
  • 2nd prize: $50 ACTF Shop vouchers for both the winning student, and their teacher
  • 3rd prize: $25 ACTF Shop vouchers for both the winning student, and their teacher

Stay tuned to the Education eNews for more information, and don’t forget to add the 2018 My Place Competition to your Term Three planner!

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