Earlier this week, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust were delighted to support a poetry competition, run by Gloucestershire Libraries for local schools. The winners and runners up were welcomed into a presentation evening at Gloucester Services, where they read their poems to a delighted audience of parents and teachers.
Steve Birt, Library Assistant who organised the competition told us: "We were looking for a reason to welcome children back into our libraries after Christmas, and decided to run a competition for the schools based around Robinswood Hill. We had entries from Harewood and Robinswood Schools, but Moat School really ran with the competition and submitted lots of entries."
Popular topics were the Polar Vortex, Brexit, and the children's aspirations for 2019 - which included at least one promise to be nicer to siblings.
With the competition running in Gloucestershire Gateway Trust's target communities, we were delighted to donate the prize money. The overall competition winners were 11 year-old Natalia and 8 year-old Liam, both from Moat School, who took home the top prize for their school.
Head of Moat Primary School, Alison Walker said: "The children who entered are all going to get together and decide what they'd like to spend the money on for the school. We're very proud of them all."
Steve concluded the competition by saying: "Anything that grows children's interest in reading and writing is a wonderful thing."
The competition was judged by the Gloucestershire Poetry Society.
The team from Gloucestershire Libraries who organised the competition
Competition winners Natalia and Liam, from Moat Primary School
Competition runner-up with Clare Skivington of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust
Competition winners and runners up with Head of Moat School, receiving their prize
Families enjoyed a presentation evening at Gloucester Services