WELCOME! A COMPETITION FOR

YOUNG ARTISTS AND POETS


Tonbridge Mayor Mark Rhodes with the winning entrants

20­­ ­­–26 June was Refugee Week, and we celebrated all the amazing contributions refugees make to our society.

To mark the occasion, we invited all children and young people of school age to draw a picture or write a poem inspired by the theme of Welcome! 

We were overwhelmed by the quality of the entries but with great difficulty our judges, local artist Angela Dewar and Tonbridge poet Margaret Beston, produced a shortlist and chose winners in both primary and secondary categories. 

Tonbridge Mayor Mark Rhodes announced the winners on 16 July, and awarded certificates to all those shortlisted. Their poems and posters are on display in Tonbridge Library for another week - don't miss it!


Artists - the Results

Primary

Winner (KS1) 
Alice Braghieri, St Margaret Clitherow  Catholic Primary School
Winner (KS2)
Zara Gathercole, Slade Primary School
Runners-up 
Evie Burnside, Slade Primary School
Matthew Kiddell, Fosse Bank School
Honourable mention
Lara Gibson, Fosse Bank School

 
Secondary

Winner
Jack Stone, Hayesbrook School
Runner-up
Elliot Shrimpton, Hayesbrook School
Honourable mentions
Thomas Clark, Hugh Christie
Amber Ann Lawrence

Poets - the Results

Primary 

Winner
Lyra Johnson, Sussex Road Community Primary School
Runner-up
Lily Butler, Slade Primary School
Honourable mentions
Pip Gathercole, Slade Primary School
Olivia Graham, Slade Primary School
Ayla O'Brien, Sussex Road Community Primary School
Alex Stevens, Sussex Road Community Primary School
Mia Wilsher, Claremont Primary School

Secondary

Winner
Alex Silk, Hayesbrook School
Runner-up
Guy Harding, Sackville School
Honourable mentions
Olivia Allison, Sackville School
Malachi Babayale, Hayesbrook School
Jamie Hickson, Sackville School
Fintan Rawsthorne, Hayesbrook School
Harry Wilkinson-White, Sackville School