Best Overall Primary School Newspaper winner Hinton Public School with Terry Millett, CEO Newcastle Permanent. Picture by Phil HearneMORE than 300 students, principals and teachers attended the annual Newcastle Herald/Newcastle Permanent Building Society School Newspaper Competition awards at Ausgrid Stadium yesterday.
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Students from many of the 92 schools, 67 primary and 25 high, received highly commended or winner certificates.

See some of the highlights of yesterday’s awards ceremony by clicking below.

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Individual category winners, young writers of the year and the overall best primary and high schools received more than $8000 in prizes, presented by building society CEO Terry Millett, including $500 each for the young writers of the year and $2000 for the winning schools.

Awards were also presented for best editorial cartoon, advertisement, news story, photographer and editorial opinion.

For more pictures by Herald photographer Phil Hearne, click on the image above.

Brydie Moore from St Joseph’s Primary School Merriwa was named primary young writer. She had a hand in writing many of the stories and produced a fine editorial opinion about putting food before coal.

High school winner Caitlyn Cobbin from Belmont High School wrote four news stories out of the seven pieces of writing required on a diversity of subjects in good news style. Caitlyn will also get an opportunity to spend a week on work experience at the Newcastle Herald.

Small country school Hinton Public won best overall primary paper and Callaghan College Jesmond Senior Campus took out the overall high school section.

School newspaper co-ordinator Richard French told the audience that a highlight this year was the number of stories about students’ involvement with the community through charity work, aged-care visits, planning their own skate parks or doing school-work placement programs.

‘‘It’s time to give thought to how young people who write for our competition are becoming actively involved in the future of ‘their’ world,’’ he said.

‘‘[They are] showing with their stories that they know there is a time to stop talking and do something for yourself, rather than waiting for government or others to hold our hands or pay, when doing so often becomes a case of ‘don’t hold your breath’.

‘‘Which is why, too, it is so good the Perm is our sponsor because, like the Newcastle Herald, it puts its ‘money where its mouth is’, by supporting great causes, large and small.’’

To inquire about ordering photographs from the awards of your school or children, phone 49795380.

Full school newspaper awards list

ACHIEVEMENT/APPRECIATION AWARDS: Aspect Hunter (Autism Spectrum Australia) School, Carrington Public School, George Anderson Walpole School, Hunter Sports High School, Kotara School, Medowie Public School teacher Alison Partridge, Rutherford Public School, St John’s Primary School Lambton, St Paul’s High School Booragul, Telarah Public School, The Junction Public School.

PRIMARY SCHOOL ADVERTISEMENT HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jake Speck Blandford Public School, Georgia Horne Rutherford Public School, Alex Wright St Mary’s Primary School Warners Bay, Anahli Nailagoliva Metford Public School.

PRIMARY SCHOOL ADVERTISEMENT WINNER: Ian Parsons Dungog Public School: Ian used an image of Healthy Harold, from the Life Education program the society supports, as a fine example of the theme that the society is ‘‘Here for Good’’.

HIGH SCHOOL ADVERTISEMENT Highly Commended: Dana Pendrick Gosford High School, Djari Andrews Lake Munmorah High School, Jett Potter Hunter Sports High School, William Cox San Clemente High School Mayfield.

HIGH SCHOOL ADVERTISEMENT WINNER: Tamara Pearson Swansea High School: Tamara displayed a typically Newcastle scene of Nobbys, the coastline and shipping to show the society leading us up the hill of life while guiding us on its many different aspects.

PRIMARY SCHOOL EDITORIAL CARTOON HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dakota Skara Wirreanda Public School, Jayden Walker Dora Creek Public School, Poest Smith Heaton Public School, Zoe Atallah The Junction Public School.

PRIMARY SCHOOL EDITORIAL CARTOON WINNER: Jenny Pau Kotara South Public School: Jenny produced a simple and wordless but iconic image about the sadness of the world perhaps losing animals like the polar bear due to global warming.

HIGH SCHOOL EDITORIAL CARTOON HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bronte Linich San Clemente High School Mayfield, Rachel Jeffery Newcastle High School, Karl Drinkwater Swansea High School, Liam Faustini Rutherford Technology High School.

HIGH SCHOOL EDITORIAL CARTOON WINNER: Tahlia Lalor Lake Munmorah High School: Tahlia highlighted dog owners taking responsibility for their animals’ behaviour with a highly stylised drawing and a simple but strong and commonsense comment, leaving no doubt as to her opinion and also making it a stand-alone cartoon.

PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS STORY POSTHUMOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Amelia Hartley The Junction Public School.

PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS STORY CONTRIBUTION TO INTEGRATION IN EDUCATION: For stories highlighting the practical integration into and acceptance of children with disabilities into mainstream schools – Cooper Murphy Rutherford Public School, Erin Miskle, Milly Fragiadakis and Alison Perkins St James’ Primary School Muswellbrook, Jasmine Clarkson and Courtney Muddle Tenambit Public School, Yasmin Board and Madalyn Goldsmith St Joseph’s Primary School East Maitland.

PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS STORY HIGHLY COMMENDED: Monique Rose, Shannon See and Cooper Ashton Jewells Public School, Mikenzie Orrock, Ashlea Hay and Melissa Hickey Kurri Kurri Public School, Class S3H Bellbird Public, Lily Reay and Leigh Robinson Hinton Public School, Ben McLaughlin Dungog Public School, Claire Wilson, Emily Hall and Jarah McConnell Windale Public School.

PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS STORY WINNER: Harrison Searle, Elliott Thomas and Darcie Cliff Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School Tarro. Harrison, Elliott and Darcie worked well on what became a ‘‘running news story’’; first of all identifying that something mysterious had help up the roadworks then managing to finally get a detailed answer from the RTA about an Aboriginal site that needed protecting.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS STORY HIGHLY COMMENDED: Joshua Ballico and Jackson Bennetts Callaghan College Jesmond Senior Campus, Demmi Hilton and Lachlan Walmsley Merriwa Central High School, Nicholas Ketley St Philip’s Christian College High Gosford, Faize, Jack, Keith and Nicholas George Anderson Walpole School.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS STORY WINNER: Sarah Kennedy and Blake Smith All Saints College St Joseph’s Lochinvar High School. Sarah and Blake truly put the human face on the news issue of refugees seeking shelter in this country by beautifully telling the story of African boy Yohanna.

PRIMARY SCHOOL EDITORIAL HIGHLY COMMENDED: Gwendolyn Devoy Heaton Public School, Cassandra Hallett and Alyshia Barnes The Junction Public School, Jakob Sharp, Zac Tattersall, Cody Robinson and Matthew Gough Kearsley Public School, Brydie Moore St Joseph’s Primary School Merriwa, Kristen Allen and Leigh Robinson Hinton Public School.

PRIMARY SCHOOL EDITORIAL WINNER: Nelson Eyb and Harry Boorer Dungog Public School. Nelson and Harry highlighted the hypocrisy of governments calling for their area to do more to attract tourists when those governments won’t supply the money to fix up a main road that at best can be described as a goat track, where you’d probably lose the goats down a pothole.

HIGH SCHOOL EDITORIAL HIGHLY COMMENDED: Montana Varley and Tahkiesha King All Saints College St Joseph’s Lochinvar High School, Mitchel Heaney and Kane Bamford St Philip’s Christian College High Cessnock, Katie Gilfillan Great Lakes Secondary College Tuncurry Junior Campus, Leah Wright-Riley and Ayla Jennings-Bade Merriwa Central High School, Vanessa McDonald Swansea High School, Keith and Stewart George Anderson Walpole School.

HIGH SCHOOL EDITORIAL WINNER: Besah Dosoo-Johnstone and Nathaniel Smith Callaghan College Jesmond Senior Campus. Besah and Nathaniel made a strong case against bigotry, racism and fear of refugees, telling us that young Australians don’t see colour, religion or race, but simply another human being with the same needs as us all.

PRIMARY SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER HIGHLY COMMENDED: Huon Bourne Blue Newcastle East Public School, Luke Burton Hinton Public School, Imogen Dagg Hinton Public School, Cameron Ninness St Joseph’s Primary School Merriwa, Troy Snoeck Rutherford Public School.

PRIMARY SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER WINNER: William Smith Nords Wharf Public School. William took a highly professional fast-action shot of a scooter rider high in the air at a local skate park.

HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER HIGHLY COMMENDED: Sam St Hill Great Lakes Secondary College Tuncurry Junior Campus, Madeleine Mitchell Swansea High School, Georgia Hernando Callaghan College Wallsend Campus, Bradley Day Northlakes High School, Georgia Fleet West Wallsend High, Jacinta Ferris St Joseph’s High School Aberdeen.

HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER WINNER: Baylee Hollingshed All Saints College St Joseph’s Lochinvar High School. Baylee took all five pictures for her school’s entry including a wonderful portrait of Yohanna Henry, the subject of the best news story.

PRIMARY YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR HIGHLY COMMENDED: Landon Brown, Christoper Chen and Tom Suters Newcastle East Public School, Harriet Norville Blandford Public School, Samuel Frith and Lachlan Cooper Argenton Public School, Nelson Eyb and Harry Boorer Dungog Public School.

PRIMARY YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR WINNER: Brydie Moore St Joseph’s Primary School Merriwa. Brydie was involved with other students in helping to write stories and also produced a fine editorial on her own.

HIGH SCHOOL YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jack Madden St Paul’s High School Booragul, Katie Gilfillan Great Lakes Secondary College Tuncurry Junior Campus.

HIGH SCHOOL YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR WINNER: Caitlyn Cobbin Belmont High School. Caitlyn wrote four of the entry’s six news stories on her own, providing a variety of stories that needed very little work to fit them into the formula of news.

BEST OVERALL PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSPAPER HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dora Creek Public School, Blandford Public School, Tomaree Public School, St Joseph’s Primary School Merriwa.

BEST OVERALL PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSPAPER WINNER: Hinton Public School. Hinton, a previous winner, maintained its high standard and provided an entry full of both important and interesting local news, ensuring it was truly a school newspaper, not a school newsletter.

BEST OVERALL HIGH SCHOOL NEWSPAPER HIGHLY COMMENDED: Merriwa Central High School, Great Lakes Secondary College Tuncurry Junior Campus, St Joseph’s High School Aberdeen.

BEST OVERALL HIGH SCHOOL NEWSPAPER WINNER: Callaghan College Jesmond Senior Campus. Jesmond produced a very good all-round entry in which all the stories, while linked to school life, also included news about either the school’s involvement in the outside community or members of the community working with the school on important issues such as job training, good all-round pictures and a bold, eye-catching cartoon and ad.