Children win Mother's Day poetry competition

Tue 21st March 2017

Two St Austell mums are bursting with pride after their children won a poetry competition to celebrate Mother’s Day organised by White River Place.   

The centre encouraged children from local primary schools to take part in the competition to write a poem about their mum to mark Mother’s Day on Sunday 26th March.   

White River Place was overwhelmed by 334 entries from children at nearby primary schools including Mount Charles, Whitemoor, St Stephen, Carclaze, Charlestown, Gorran, and Pondhu.   

Judges waded through all the entries to select one winner in each of the 5-7 and 8-11 age groups, who were presented with their prizes this week at the centre, and given the opportunity to read their poems to the lucky mums.   

Alfie Oliver, aged 7 from Mount Charles School, won the 5-7 age group category with his poem for mum Sarra, and Rosko Martin, aged 10 from St Stephen Churchtown Academy, won in the 8-11 age group for his poem dedicated to mum Lisa.   

Both children received a £25 gift voucher as well as a gift box for their mums, and their original poems were framed as a gift for their mums.   

Alfie said: “I felt really happy and proud when I found out I had won. I included lots of my favorite things about my mum in the poem, including when she makes lasagna which is one of my favorites.” 

Mum Sarra added: “I was so chuffed and really proud of him when I found out. When I told him he had won the competition he was so proud of himself, it was lovely.”   

Rosko, who “really likes writing”, was excited and happy when he found out he had won: “I like complicated words, so I tried to include as many as I could in my poem.” 

Proud mum Lisa, who is going to hang the framed poem in their house, said: “Rosko is a great writer, and I was really happy for him when I found out he had won.”   

As well as the two individual winners, Charlestown Academy won a prize for being the school with the best overall quality of poems entered, which were produced by year 6 pupils. 

The school was awarded £100 which will be spent on new equipment all the children can use in the playground. 

Year 6 teacher Nikki White said: “It was great to get all the children involved in writing poems, and I’m delighted their efforts have been acknowledged. Now they can enjoy something together as a reward for their hard work.” 

Richard Hurst, Manager of White River Place, said: “We were delighted to get such a good response from the competition and it is great to celebrate the talent of the local children in St Austell.   

“The quality of the poems was so high across the board that it made judging very difficult. Our winners Alfie and Rosko both really bowled us over with their poems, and it was a pleasure to present them with their prizes, and to meet the mums who inspired them.”   

All the entries to the Mother’s Day Poetry Competition can be viewed on the White River Place Facebook page and visitors are invited to vote for their favourite poem. 

 The poem with the most likes by 10am on Friday, 24 March will be framed and will win its author a £25.00 gift voucher for themselves and a gift box for their mum.  

 A selection of the poems also going on display in White River Place for shoppers to read. The pop-up gallery will be based at an empty unit at South Square all this week.    

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