St Joseph’s pupil wins Crystal Palace writing competition

China Wright (Y3) was selected as a winner for the ‘YOUR Crystal Palace’ writing competition, imagining what they would show if the Crystal Palace rose again.

Out of the 9 short-listed stories the judges chose China as the overall winner with her outstanding story!

In honour of her creativity and achievement her story is on display at both The Crystal Palace Museum until the end of January and at Upper Norwood Library Hub until Christmas.

On Tuesday 30 November, China and other winners attended a special award ceremony at The Crystal Palace Museum to unveil the exhibition and to share their stories. The Museum guide Richard Watkins told them about the Palace and the fateful fire that destroyed the palace exactly 85 years ago.

At the Museum all the winning stories are being displayed alongside artefacts from the palace include the helmet of one of the firefighters who fought the blaze.

Mr Graham Whitlock was one of the judges and competition organisers and has kindly donated a copy of his book to our school library. The book is entitled, ‘The Crystal Palace Chronicles  – Star of Nimrod’, a rollercoaster adventure for ages 10+. It is about a teenager who time travels through the maze back to the heyday of Victorian Crystal Palace.

Mr. Whitlock has agreed to present it in person when we return in the new year. I would like to thank him for sharing photographs of the ceremony and the display at the museum with us. Do please see them in our school montage.

Congratulations China, this is an amazing achievement, we are very proud of you.