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Taking writing skills to Ekka

EKKA CAMP: Olivia and Jemima are a part of ten lucky primary age students chosen across Queensland to live at the Ekka and show off their skills.
EKKA CAMP: Olivia and Jemima are a part of ten lucky primary age students chosen across Queensland to live at the Ekka and show off their skills. Contributed

TWO young Beachmere girls are a part of 10 lucky primary age students chosen across Queensland to live at the Ekka and show off their writing skills.

Beachmere State School principal Brad Geisel said both Olivia Padley and Jemima Baig, both grade six, were talented writers and had earned the position.

"Both these girls have a bit of flair in writing and they're super interested in it,” Mr Geisel said.

"There's only 10 places across the whole of Queensland so for a school of 300 kids to get two students into the Ekka Show Camp is a huge achievement.”

Olivia said she wasn't expecting to be announced as one of the writers to attend the camp but she was thrilled that she was.

"I was really happy when they announced it,” she said.

"I was almost in tears.”

Olivia said she loves writing but has other plans for her future.

"I might be a teacher or maybe a chef because I'm really good at cooking,” she said.

Jemima said she was a bit confused when they announced the camp places on parade because she thought Mr Geisel was just saying the girls had applied.

"The I realised they said we were actually going and I was really happy,” she said.

"I've never been to the Ekka before so I'm really excited.”

Jemima wants to be an author when she grows up and has a passion for writing fiction.

Show Camp provides junior journalists with an incredible opportunity to report on life at the Ekka by living at the Ekka ground during the week.

The young writers will be involved in group and individual work in planning, researching, writing and editing news stories as well as recording and editing electronic media.

The camp is in its 89th year and is up to its 26th edition of producing the Ekka Courier.


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