2018 Childrens Poetry Competition
2018 Schools Poetry Competition – Theme “The Night Before”
The overall winning poem:
The night before the rose shone
Yesterday I saw a rose, its blossom shined in the moonlight.
Yesterday its beauty shone like diamonds in the glittering sun.
Yesterday the beloved blossom reflected in the lake.
Today it is beginning to fade under the hot, baking sun.
Today it looks grey and wrinkled like an old rhinoceros in the moonlight.
Today its petals are floating on the lake like an old toy boat.
Written by Wilfred Lee, Green Hammerton C of E Primary School.
Comments from the judge Ms Charlotte Green:
“I was very impressed with the overall standard! The winner’s poem was fantastic with a brilliant concept matched with powerful structure. Very well done!”
All poems will be displayed in the children’s tent on show day.
2017 Schools Poetry Competition
The overall winner was Abby from Year 5, St Mary’s CE Primary School, Askham Richard.
“The Best of Yorkshire“
Yorkshire, what an amazing place
It always puts a smile on my face
There are lots of things to see and do
Especially when the sky is blue.
The beaches and the sandy shores
Not forgetting the Yorkshire Moors
Museums, shops, castles and more
There is always somewhere to explore.
Yorkshire puds and Yorkshire tea
They both taste great to me
Betty’s Tearoom, cakes galore
You will always come back for more.
York Minster, castles standing tall
Fountains Abbey and York walls
Things to climb and much to see
Yorkshire is the best for me.
2016 Schools Poetry Competition
The overall winner of the local schools poetry competition (Year 5’s) was Jessica Wakelin, from Tockwith C of E primary school.
“The View from the International Space Station”
Nothing is around me
As I look up in the midnight sky
Lots of lights I can see
But nothing is around me.
As shooting stars fly past
I do not feel like I am going fast
Clouds like candyfloss I can see
But nothing is around me.
The O-zone layer protects the Earth being kind
Sometimes for me it is easy to find
The shimmering sea I can see
But nothing is around me.”
The judge’s comments:
“This poem describes the feeling of being high above the Earth and being able to see lights, clouds and seas. The repetition of the last line of each verse emphasises the emptiness of space. I enjoyed the use of a simile to describe the clouds being like candy floss and that the Ozone layer is protecting the Earth. A very good poem, well done” Judge: Mrs J Tinkler
OVERALL WINNER OF THE 2015 LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS (Year 5) POETRY COMPETITION:
CARRIE, LONG MARSTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
DADDY, DADDY WHEN WILL YOU COME HOME – VE DAY 1945
Daddy, daddy it’s great fun
Over here the war has ended
When will you come home?
It’s different without you,
It’s not the same,
Where are you? What are you doing ?
Daddy, daddy please come home
All the family are missing you.
The whole world is having a party
There’s food and everything
But the thing I want the most is
For you to come home.
Daddy, daddy when will you come home
The war ended ages ago
Everybody’s happy and celebrating
Daddy, daddy when will you come home?
Nothing is the same without you.
By Carrie, Long Marston
The judge (Mrs J Tinkler) commented as follows:
“This is a very moving poem. Carrie has written about the happiness people felt at the end of the war and the parties held to celebrate but she also writes about the sadness she feels because her father hasn’t come home yet. I loved her repetition of the question to her father ‘when will you come home?’ “