Poetry Competition with newly-opened school

To mark the opening of GEMS Wantage Primary Academy in Wantage, Bellway Homes organised a poetry competition for all of the new pupils to get them thinking about why they love Wantage so much.  The school has opened with just a few year groups – Nursery, Reception and a mixed Year 1 / 2 class. The school children have had a wonderful time learning how to write poems and illustrate them as part of their school work.

Bellway held a small socially distanced prize-giving ceremony at the Marketing Suite on their beautiful development of homes at Greensands.  Principal, Leah Perring joined Bellway to award the winners with their £50 Smiggle vouchers.  The winning children were Lila Copley from Year 2 for ‘Best Imagination’ and Emily Hyde from Reception for ‘Best Picture’. 

Emma Jones, Sales Director at Bellway Thames Valley, comments: “We are thrilled to have partnered with GEMS Wantage Primary Academy to mark the exciting opening of the new school. A huge thank you to all the pupils and staff for using their imagination and most importantly getting involved in the competition. The school clearly has some very creative children who should all be very proud of themselves. It was a very hard decision to choose the winners as there were so many wonderful entries to select from!” 

Leah Perring, Principal at GEMS Wantage Primary Academy, said: “Since opening the doors to our new school just four weeks ago, we have been delighted by the enthusiasm of our pupils. It was really fun for them to have a project like this to get involved in during their first half term and a lot of thought and creativity went into the poems written by our young students.”

“I would like to thank Bellway Homes for supporting us with this competition, it has added some more excitement to the project. I would personally like to congratulate all of our Reception and Key Stage 1 children for taking part – they are all winners to me.”

Runner up for best poem – Maryam Ahmed-Ebbiary (Year 2) and runner up for best picture Benji Jacob (Reception).

Winners of the Bellway Greensands Poetry competition Lila Copley 6 and Emily Hyde 4 and runner up Benji Jacob 4 from GEMS Wantage Primary Academy, pictured with head teacher Leah Perring.
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