dream a big dream

Young writers think big and secure regional win in Kip McGrath Education Centre’s national writing competition

We are delighted to announce that Harry Rasmussen from Ashford has become a South East regional winner for Kip McGrath Education Centre’s UK competition Dream a Big Dream . The competition was open to 9-14 years olds and invited entrants to write about their dreams for the future whether they wanted to save the rainforest, fly to the moon or become a world-renowned author.


Harry Rasmussen’s big dream is to be a scientist so that he can invent car engines that don’t need to run on petrol or diesel and help to address climate change. Harry said:

“It’s great news to win the regional competition for my big dream, it was a real surprise. Being selected is brilliant and my friends and family are really pleased for me.”

Harry was especially pleased as he has never really enjoyed writing compared to his enjoyment of maths.

Over 200 Kip McGrath Education Centres were involved in the competition with many offering writing workshops for local children.  Sally Fisher, Director of the Kip McGrath Centre in Ashford (Harry’s nearest centre) said:

“All young people should be encouraged to have a big dream. By working with aspiring children everyday, Kip McGrath teachers experience first hand the potential children have to do great things.”


Sally added:

“The quality of entries that we received from the region were of a very high standard and it was really inspiring to read about the big dreams of young people. However, Harry is a very worthy winner and on behalf of the judges I congratulate him.”

The children’s entries were read and marked by a wide range of Kip McGrath Centre owners across the country and Harry arrived at our centre this week beaming with the news.


Harry will now join the other 14 regional winners shortlisted to wait and see who will be selected as the two overall winners and get national recognition for their big dream.


The results of the national competition will be announced at the end of March 2013 and the winners will receive a professional bound book featuring the winning entries, £100 Amazon vouchers and a signed certificate of congratulations from the athletes.