On the 15th December 2015 a special presentation event took place for Kingsbury High School students who embarked on the seemingly impossible task to write a novel within five days.
Over the October half term, eight Year 10 students worked with White Water Writer’s Camp to achieve their goal. After an intense week of brainstorming, storyboarding, character creating, writing and editing, using a complex system which is actually used to design computer software, they completed their novel.
At the presentation event students saw their published book, Spies, Lies and Disguises, for the first time. Their achievement was celebrated with an iced cake in the shape of an open book with each of their names adorned on it; Headteacher, Jeremy Waxman OBE, presented the students with a certificate and a gift wrapped copy of the novel; and signed copies were presented to the school’s Library Manager, Tracy Fildalgo, to be housed in the school libraries.
Vinitha Vasantharajah recalls her experiences of the project and says “I loved coming up with ideas and discussing the story as well as editing and drafting. It felt amazing when the book was completed. We worked as a great team, achieved a lot and were all happy with the result. I just wanted to keep on editing, drafting and writing. I did not want it to end because I was having so much fun.
“Receiving the book really made me question whether we wrote it. That’s how amazing it was and it was a wonderful opportunity for all of us.
“I fell in love with the story and product. It really helps you develop teamwork skills and be mature about deciding which idea was most suitable. The whole experience has inspired me and I would highly recommend it. It has given me great memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life.”
Kingsbury High School’s EAL Teacher, Agnieszka Owczarek, organised the event with White Water Writer’s Camp and said “All students, who participated in the writing workshop, have worked very hard in all sessions going beyond what was necessary and accomplishing their goal of writing their own novel in such a short period of time. They are very enthusiastic, inspiring and talented youngsters – a credit to Kingsbury High School and real role models for other students at our school.”
Congratulations to the following students: Asma Mohamed, Hassan Naima, Kassandra Chase, Luxshayan Balakumar, Sankeeth Balaraman, Tahmeenah Rahman, Vinitha Vasantharajah and Zubeyda Elmi.
Spies, Lies, and Disguises is available to buy on Amazon.
Extract from Spies, Lies and Disguises
Will let the curtain fall as he leapt back onto his single bed. His silky brown hair flopped to one side as he thought of his day. He could not help to wonder why they left him alone. And why the town looked like it had been frozen? Did time stop? No, that could not have happened, he thought.
Out of the blue, he heard a faint noise repeating itself. However curious he felt, Will did not look in its direction. First the man on the bench, a frozen-in-time village and now this? It – it had to be a trap.
He cleverly lifted himself up, and wrapped his hands around his face whilst he secretly looked at the direction of the noise. From the corner of his eyes, he noticed a faint red light fluctuating on his wall. He was being spied on from the inside of his room – that was why they had no reason to wait! But what could he do?