This year the Mayor of London, in association with London 2012 Olympic Games, launched a poetry competition called ‘Winning Words’. Winning Words is a national initiative conceived by William Sieghart, founder of National Poetry Day, that aims to celebrate, inspire and promote poetry in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
All the children had to do was write a poem describing what they think is the best thing about the Olympic Games. In Charles Dickens Poetry Club we read Olympic based poetry and came up with words inspired by the Olympic Games. We used this to help us write our own Olympic poems which we enetered into the competition. Below is a selection of Olympic poems performed by the children.
Although we did not win the overall competition the organisers were so impressed they sent the children some prizes. The prizes were handed out to the children by a guest poet, Anthony Anaxagorou, in a special poetry assembly on World Poetry Day (21/03/2012).
Thank you to Mr Vanson for organising our World Poetry Day celebrations and for nurturing our enthusiastic poets!