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By Mrs Eva Cant, Languages Coordinator

The annual Short Story Competition organised by the Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry for Culture in conjunction with the Gibraltar Chronicle attracted a total of 350 entries from children in School Years 4 to 13 and adults. The awards were presented earlier today at the John Mackintosh Hall.

A panel of judges composed of Mrs Aida Delaney, Mrs Patsy Scott and Mr Charles Durante (pictured below) judged the competition.

The Minister for Culture, Steven Linares, said: ‘The Short Story Competition was devised to incorporate an element of literature alongside the music, theatre, art and other aspects more traditionally linked to the Spring Festival. I would like to thank everyone involved in this venture, including the Gibraltar Chronicle and the judges. However, my biggest personal gratitude goes in particular to the many people who put pen to paper and in doing so allow us to enjoy their vivid imagination.’

Charles Durante opened his speech by saying that human beings were “storytelling animals.” Mr Durante highlighted the variety and range of entries this year. He also singled out this year’s Spanish language stories for special praise.

The College’s Level 2 OCR Administration (Business Professional) class has recently been undertaking a number of hands-on practical tasks to bridge the gap between the learning taking place in class and the application of these skills in the business world.

They are currently working on a unit called ‘Organise a Business Event’ where they plan a fictitious event from start to finish. They first listed the requirements of the event and identified three possible venues in Gibraltar. They then prepared a site visit sheet detailing all the requirements and a comprehensive list of questions for them to ask the venue. Over the past week we have been out of the classroom visiting these venues. The Rock Hotel, the Sunborn and the John Mackintosh Hall were very welcoming and kindly showed our students around all their event spaces.

The students seemed to relish this opportunity to have a change of scenery and really took charge of the situation. They were very comprehensive in their questioning and made sure that every aspect of the event was discussed. As their class teacher, I was extremely impressed and proud of their professional conduct and behaviour whilst at these venues.

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Introduction by Miss Nicola Howes, Young Enterprise Coordinator (ag)

"All young people should be given the best chance for a rewarding future in work and life – no matter where they start their journey". This is Young Enterprise’s mission statement, which very much resonates with the ethos in our Gibraltar College.

Young Enterprise empowers young people to harness and develop their employability skills, as well as personal and business skills. Whilst academic achievement is important, Young Enterprise helps students develop skills required to succeed in the workplace. For example, 81% of students stated that the Company programme helped them develop confidence in their ability and 74% agreed it helped improve their communication and cultivate resilience.

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