The Willoughby Memorial Trust holds a Lincolnshire Schools Poetry Competition every autumn, and the Trustees would welcome entries from QEGS.
This year the National Poetry Day is to be held on Thursday 28th September 2017 and the theme is “Freedom”. Alternatively, pupils can enter a poem of their own choice. The closing date for entries is Friday 13th October 2017.
A PDF version of the Poetry Competition information can be viewed here.
More information about National Poetry Day can be found on the National Poetry Day’s website www.nationalpoetryday.co.uk.
On Friday 3rd February I had an extremely exciting day. I met and presented a demonstration to Princesses Anne, the Queen’s daughter. She is very knowledgeable and has competed at the Olympics (eventing discipline) so she knew what she was talking about.
My friend Evie and I are both members of Lincolnshire Wolds Riding for the Disabled group. We were picked to be part of the demonstration because we are both RDA national show jumping champions! Our routine was based around Ricky (my horse) and Breeze (Evie’s horse) liking each other so it was good that they did. There were lots of times when we crossed over and jumped jumps at the same time.
When we had finished riding, we all got to meet Princess Anne. She was very bubbly and chatty. She liked my pony, Ricky, a lot and thought our demonstration was amazing too.
It was a really memorable day and I loved every moment of it!
Over the period of a couple of weeks, students, staff and the wider QEGS community gave up their time and talent to produce over 70 knitted squares which have been sent to the Animal Health Trust. This was in a response to an appeal for squares that could then be made into 'MRI jumpers', to keep dogs warm and comfortable while under anaesthetic or undergoing scans. Students from a range of different year groups, many of whom had never knitted before, gave up their lunchtimes to add rows to the total and thanks also go to the various staff members who came along to give extra tuition and pick up the occasional dropped stitch! The sessions provided a pleasant opportunity to chat sociably and find a moment of calm in the often hectic school day. The activity even proved popular among the wider QEGS community, and special thanks must go to Mrs Bealby's mum and Miss Macdonald's mum, whose red-hot knitting needles really helped to swell our total!
Once again I would like to take the time to thank the pupils in your school who entered the Willoughby Memorial Trust’s Lincolnshire School Poetry Competition. The Presentation Evening was held at the Willoughby Memorial Gallery in Corby Glen last Friday and I attach a photograph of the event which I thought you might like to see. You may recognise one of your pupils there although a couple of prize winners were not able to attend the evening. Baroness Willoughby de Eresby, the Chairman of the Trust, is pictured on the left and Camilla McLean, Stamford Poet Laureate and judge is pictured on the right. This photograph along with the winning poems will be placed on the Willoughby Memorial Gallery’s website shortly, www.willoughbygallery.com.
We are already looking forward to the competition in 2017 and the theme will be ‘Freedom’!!