We were delighted to learn this week that six of our pupils are award-winners in this year’s Banstead Arts Festival Poetry Competition. The theme for poets in Years 1 and 2 (Key Stage 1) was ‘Fun’ while for Years 3 to 6 (Key Stage 2) it was ‘Emotions’.

Tom Day, in Year 1, was the overall winner of the Key Stage 1 category, for his poem ‘The Zany Zoo’, with Olivia Cooper awarded the 3rd prize for ‘Aliens’ and Joshua Webber’s ‘I Wonder Why Aliens Stole My Banana?’ being Highly Commended.  In the Key Stage 2 category, Gino Savastano was awarded third prize for his poem ‘I Am’.  Charles McFetridge’s ‘Ghosts’ was Highly Commended and Liam Rickets was also commended for his poem ‘Scary’.

The results and readings of The Banstead Arts Festival Society Schools Poetry Competition will be presented in a ceremony on Wednesday 8 May at 6.30pm at St Anne’s School, where prizewinners in each of the three age groups between 5 and 15 will read their poems and receive signed books.

The competition adjudicator, Joshua Seigal, is a poet, performer and educator who uses poetry to develop literary skills and inspire confidence and creativity. He has performed his poetry at places such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the South Bank Centre, the 2012 London Olympics and the London Festival of Education, and has led poetry workshops at the National Portrait Gallery, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the V&A Museum of Childhood, as well as at schools across the country.

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