There was a very enthusiastic response to the poetry competition, at least in the junior category, with almost 200 entries received. There were not enough entries for the senior category to proceed with awards, so the prizes are awarded in the junior category only. The winning poem on the theme of Pentecost is “Wild Fire” by Alice Anderson, aged 13, from Leweston School. Alice’s powerful poem shows the influence perhaps of Gerard Manley Hopkins with its use of compound phrases, alliteration and dense imagery to convey the extraordinary event of Pentecost.
The runner-up was “Pentecost” by Isabel Rivaro, aged 10, from Saint Christina’s School. Isabel’s haunting use of imagery and assured sense of rhythm provide an original perspective on the gift of the Holy Spirit. Well done to them both and thank you to their teachers for their support and encouragement.
Special Commendations were awarded to Naomi Rich (age 11), St Teresa’s Prep School; Thomas Jamieson (age 13), Cranmore School; Kate Davies (Year 7), The Marist School; Daniel McLarty (age 9), St Teresa’s School; Princes Risborough; Matthew Cha (age 8), Donhead Prep School.
All of their poems can be viewed here.