The Marist Preparatory School in Sunninghill was incredibly proud to learn last week that poetry written by two of their pupils has won first place and a highly commended place in the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) Poetry Competition.
NACE launched a nationwide competition for able poets to create a poem on a subject that inspired them. The poem could be no longer than 30 lines and the poems were judged by famous author, Anne Fine OBE.
Ella Passell, aged 9 won first place in the Primary category with her entry ‘I Wonder’ – a poem about being an ant and Mia Harvey, aged 10 was highly commended for her poem, ‘The New Teacher’.
The NACE office was overwhelmed with entries, receiving over 1,000 from schools both nationally and internationally.
Anne Fine commented, ‘It has been a joy to read these wonderfully distinctive and inventive poems. The standard was so high that I found it almost impossible to choose winners’.
The girls and the school were delighted and it was a reflection of the high standard of teaching and learning that goes on at the Marist Preparatory school.
Headteacher, Jenny Finlayson said, “I am thrilled that our girls have achieved such a high standard of work and am so proud of Ella being the overall winner. We have some amazing writers in this school and this competition has highlighted this.”