One has picked up a prestigious regional poetry award for the second year running. We are the only school to have picked up this award twice in a row during a competition that has been running for 28 years.
The award is called the Silk Pearce Prize and is one of a host of accolades that are handed out at the Suffolk Young Poets Competition.
Our students will now be attending a ceremony that will be held at The Cut Arts Centre in Halesworth, Suffolk, at an event that is part of the Halesworth Arts Festival.
In addition to this overall school award, students Willow Butler and Louisa Sadler were two of ten winning poems to be chosen for an overall competition involving over 1300 entries.
18 year old Louisa from Ipswich wrote her poem and called it The Figurative Café. She said, “I’m not sure what the poem is about. I’m more of a story teller. I’d like to write novels and study creative writing at University in the future. It was great to win.”
Louisa was also chosen as being one of the top 100 poems in a national competition called the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. In terms of this award, 10,000 poems were sent in from 76 countries.
In relation to this second award, Louisa, said, “It hasn’t really sunk in yet – I know I’ve done really well in this national competition. It gives you a lot of confidence. I’m going to continue to write. I’ve just written six chapters of a novel. I’ve brought the two BBC shows of Sherlock and Doctor Who together.”
17 year old Willow from Brandeston, said, “I’m not a big fan of poetry. I’m into creative writing though. I was shocked to win – It might inspire me to write more and it’s a boost to win this award.”
17 year old Jo Castle from Ipswich was also highly commended in the Suffolk Young Poets Competition for her poem called The Skirt Sonnet.
Catherine Mann and Pete Milwright teach English at One and have both supported the students. On behalf of them, both, Pete, said, “Our students have won a number of awards in the last few years and this set of achievements has both Catherin and I very proud.”