English Department News

Throughout the school year the Oak Bay English Department hosts a number of writing contests.  This space will honour each month’s 3 finalists and highlight the criteria for each contest. Thank you to all writer’s for your submissions!

The below writers were recognized for their original poetry inspired by the prompt “The image I project”.  Over 130 writers submitted to the contest.  Well done all!

Georgia Taylor

Sofia Tunkl-Korinek

Evelyn Griffin

Emily Jackson

Liam McColl

Francesca Biello

Gavin Termuende

Madi Novac​

Read their poems here.


Our latest English Department Writing Contest challenged participants to compose a “Twitter-sized” narrative.  Twitter, a powerful social media platform, limits tweets to 140 characters.  Writers needed to pen a compelling piece under this limitation.  Here are our finalists and congrats to all who participated!


The below finalists were recognized in the 300 word short story contest.  Students used a visual prompt to guide them into their story and were challenged to create an engaging and meaningful narrative in no more than 300 words.  Congratulations to Chloe, Sarah, and Kyla!

See These Hands by Peter MacBeth

The Train Station by Sarah Bryan

Five Words by Kyla Basbaum