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Rawlett Success in National Art and Poetry Competition

posted 20 May 2016, 05:58 by Emma Clement   [ updated 20 May 2016, 07:20 ]

Amber Fisher-Payne    Eloise Fradley    Abbie Goldsmith    Megan Hall    Abbey Turnbull    Lauren Parkin    Lily-Marie Atkinson    Matthew Cook    

Jake Price    Amber Beardsmore    Ben Jackson    Izzy Savigar    Alicia Hanley-Kirk    Lewis Samuels    Katie Wallbank


These 15 Rawlett students entered their Somme creative pieces into the Never Such Innocence competition.  We now know that there were a total of 981 entries for the poetry competition and 672 art entries, from 112 schools.

Ben Jackson gained a runner’s up place in the 11-14 category with his poem When the Whistle Blows: 

Over the top, when the whistle blows

Following the river of blood that flows

Bodies strewn all around

Limbs missing never to be found

Death is the only sight

As guns rain down bombs in flight

Shot from the artillery battery

A present from the death factory

Barbed wire rolled like a wreath

Laid on the ground like flowers in grief

We gave our all, we gave the most

Remember us now, as you hear the last post


In the 14-16 age group, Eloise Fradley was awarded First Place for her art work Tyne Cot Remembered.

Ben and Eloise travelled to London on Monday, accompanied by their parents and Mrs Wright for the presentation ceremony at the House of Lords