Budding bard from Leamington wins national poetry comp for Refugee Week - The Leamington Observer

Budding bard from Leamington wins national poetry comp for Refugee Week

A BUDDING bard from Leamington has earned his poetry stripes.

Ephraim, a pupil at Sydenham Primary School, was one of the winners of a national poetry competition for Refugee Week.

The year 3 pupil entered the No Place Like Home competition for children aged seven to 18 to share their thoughts on the meaning of home and the challenges faced by children who are forced to leave their own home for reasons out of their control,

Ephraim’s poem, My Refuge, was read out by Sir Jonathon Pryce at a celebration event held at the British Library.




He also received a glass trophy.

His class teacher Laura Rastall said: “Ephraim’s poem being read by Sir Jonathan Pryce was incredibly moving, and we were delighted to watch the live feed from the British Library. The whole school is so proud of Ephraim’s achievements.”


And nine-year-old Liza from Leamington won the local youth art competition Our Home Our Art. The competition, also held during Refugee Week, aimed to highlight the artistic talents of Warwickshire youngsters, inviting them to explore the theme of Our Home.

The competition was organised by Warwickshire County Council.

Judges said her artwork stood out from among more than 50 entries and were impressed by her talent and thoughtfulness.

WCC’s children’s spokesperson Coun Sue Markham said: “Our schools and teachers play such an important role in nurturing the talents of our young artists. Congratulations to all the participants, and especially to Liza and Ephraim for their outstanding work.”

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