"June is going to be an exciting month for Busy Bees as we head towards the final round of our Story Writing competition" states Marg Randles, Managing Director, Busy Bees.
On 27th June, our nine Busy Bees regional winners, read more here, have been invited to the Grand Final of our National Story Writing Competition at the National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham, where each finalist will read their story to an expert judging panel, children, parents and staff and the winner will be announced in the afternoon.
In addition, their story will be brought to life with a selection of our children's winning artwork from our National Drawing Competition. Each region were asked to send in pictures that represented either their regional 'winning' story or Busy Bees 30th Birthday celebration theme - the pearl!
A collection of judges will be given the difficult task of selecting one from each region. The nine little artists and their families will also then be invited along to share the underwater delights at Sea Life on 27th June and collect their prizes - an annual Sea Life pass for all of the family!
We are delighted to have the support of Usborne Books, once again, who are sponsoring the Story Writing Competition and donating £500 worth of books to the winning author's nursery. We are also thrilled to have the support and hospitality of the National Sea Life Centre, who are not only donating the children's prizes but also providing a fantastic venue for this event.
Jamie Turner, Marketing Manager, SEA LIFE Centre says: "We're delighted to be working with Busy Bees on such an exciting campaign. We endorse initiatives where children, staff and parents come together and create such colourful pieces of art and fabulous tales for story time, especially around the sea! We know we are going to have a wonderful day and are all really looking forward to it. I'm sure the parents and children will also enjoy their time here at the Sea Life Centre and take advantage of what we have to offer families."
Sam Taplin, Managing Editor of Usborne Books was delighted with the entries and says: "We were very impressed by the inventiveness of the entries, and it was great to see so many examples of children being inspired to join in, not only by helping to write the stories but by creating illustrations and learning more about subjects that featured in them. It's exciting to see storytelling being used this way, as something which can bring people together and stimulate their imagination. A big thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to our very worthy regional winners."
We look forward to revealing our winners at the end of June - and wish all of our finalists well!