ACTF Education is excited to announce the 2019 My Place Competition, a national short story contest for primary students in Years 3–6. We’re encouraging students to imagine a 2019 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.
Following the success of 2018's competition, the ACTF is once again holding a national storytelling contest 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 2019. The winning entry will be published on the ACTF and My Place For Teachers websites.
Entries can be uploaded to the ACTF site from 29 July 2019. Entries will close on 16 August 2019.
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.
Narratives in this short story contest should include:
Including the following optional elements may help students replicate the My Place structure more closely, and build a compelling snapshot of life in 2019:
Years 3 and 4
Years 5 and 6
Stay tuned to the Education eNews for more information, and don’t forget to add the 2019 My Place Competition to your Term Three planner!
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