In January the Head Teacher of Keresley Grange Academy Mrs. Penlington hosted an award ceremony before the whole school, parents and guests in which the Lord Mayor of Coventry presented awards to the joint winners of the Coventry Schools Peace Poem Competition 2018.
Mrs Penlington took the guests on a tour of the school which is dedicated to improving the children’s vocabulary and love of reading. Every class is named after a favourite children’s book.
The winners of the Competition were a class of seven-year-olds from Keresley Grange Academy and eleven-year-old Harry Lovelock from President Kennedy School, which is one of the schools that is fed by Keresley Grange Academy.
You can read their poems here. They received a certificate, a book token and a printed copy of a book containing all the poems submitted to the competition. You can read all the 139 poems here or buy the book on Amazon.
The guests included two of the judges of the competition, Emilie Lauren Jones and Craig Muir and members of the Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation Philip Brown, Pru Porretta and Peter Wilford. Chair of the Committee, which organised the competition, Philip Brown said “We had such a positive response to this competition that it will now become a regular feature of the annual Peace Festival. The Lord Mayor’s Committee would like to thank Keresley Grange Academy for hosting this wonderful event and SACRE for their help in telling schools about this competition and making it such a success.”