Published Tuesday, 02 February 2021
Students from Ravensdale Primary School not only took First, Second and Third prizes for Coventry Peace Poems 2020-21, but also submitted the artwork that is featured on the cover of the book.
Coventry & Warwickshire Children’s Peace Poem runs every year in the autumn term, accepting poems from children up to the age of 16 on the year’s selected theme. In 2020-21 the theme was Neighbourliness.
This year the competition received a record 341 entries, giving the judges a lot of work but also a lot of pleasure as they read through the children’s poems.
The winning poems from Coventry all came from Ravensdale Primary School, a remarkable achievement. First Prize was awarded to Anna Gardiner, Second Prize to Harrison McQueen and Third Prize to Sahej Cheema.
In addition, a picture from Ravensdale student Angel Parekh was chosen to feature on the cover of the paperback book which the Lord Mayor’s Committee has published, containing all 100 poems shortlisted by the judges.
The judges were the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Ann Lucas, Craig Muir, Janey Manton, John Greatrex and Ann Evans. They judged the poems for their relevance to the theme, originality, creativity, style, having a coherent message, the strength of their imagery and their use of language.
The judges remarked that students from Ravensdale School had worked hard on their poems and that the teachers had obviously been encouraging them to tell a story. The judges offered their congratulations to all the students and schools that entered the competition, especially Ravensdale.
The shortlisted poems are available both as a paperback and an ebook from the Peace Poem website.