Entry from Bloxham Primary School by Beatrice from the Bloxham School Poetry Contest

12 entries from a Banbury school's lockdown poetry competition

Winners announced from Banbury area school's lockdown poetry project competition

By Matt Elofson
Monday, 3rd August 2020, 8:44 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd August 2020, 8:47 pm

Bloxham School launched an English and art competition to local primary and prep schools at the end of the summer term. Year four and five students submitted their entries in the hope of winning a prize for themselves and their school by means of book and art supplies. The competition required students to tackle the question 'What has lockdown meant to you?' in the form of concrete poetry. The two judges of the competition were Bloxham School’s Mr Bertie Matthew, director of art, and Mr Chris Saunders, head of English. Together they chose one winner, two runner ups and highly commended eight other entries. The winner of the competition is Jacob from Deddington Primary School with his piece 'The New Normal'; both judges were impressed by his sense of design and ideas in this original piece. Not only will he receive £40 worth of book and art supplies for himself, he has also won a further £100 in supplies for his school. Congratulations also go to our runners up Caleb (Deddington Primary) and Issac (Bloxham Primary). Caleb's 'Hands' had strong imagery, language and sentiment. Isaac's 'I Hate This Lockdown' wowed judges with his ability to explore the darker emotions of feeling bored and trapped. Highly commended certificates were sent to Amy, Harry and Joe (Bloxham Primary), Mazey (Deddington), Isabel (Dr Radcliffe's), Meredith, Evelyn & William (Great Tew). Mr Matthew said: "It's amazing how lockdown boredom has unleashed such a wave of creativity and how confident, honest and expressive the pupils have been with their poems."

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