‘The Word’: a poetry competition that two of Challoner’s students will cherish. On the 28th of November, Ben Cameron (7P) and Sammy Guha (9P) were thrilled to discover that their poems were both shortlisted from thousands of entries of their category.

Buzz Lightyear would be thrilled with the theme of the competition: space, more specifically the 1969 moon-landings, to commemorate its 50th year anniversary.

Having to write a 100-word poem is tricky, but fuelled by the incentive of £100 worth of book vouchers, Ben won the competition’s ages 12 to 16 category with his poem.

Both Ben, Sammy, and thousands of others submitted their poems in the Lichfield Cathedral (the venue of the competition) and were judged by none other than the poet Michael Symmons Roberts, well-known for his several collections of poetry.

Having won, the students said in reflection that

‘you need to work hard, spend a lot of time on it and include as much descriptive vocabulary as possible’.
When asked, ‘What would you change if you could?’ Ben replied
‘I wouldn't change a thing’.

This perfectly sums up the success that both Challoner’s students had in this competition; well done to both Ben and Sammy!