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Winners of Cumbria School Games Poetry Competition Announced

June 5, 2015

Active Cumbria is pleased to announce the winners of the Cumbria School Games Poetry Competition for 2015. The Key Stage 2 and overall winner was Kieli Wood from St Michael’s School, Dalston, and Kieli was joined at her school assembly this morning by representatives of Active Cumbria and Alien Goodsport, the Cumbria School Games mascot.

St Michael’s C.E School had a fun packed assembly this morning when a surprise visitor made an appearance. The Cumbria School Games Mascot made the visit to the school not only to say hello to all of the pupils who entered the competition, but to one very creative young person who’s poem won the overall competition. Kieli entered her poem along with 280 other young people across Cumbria and was chosen by the Local Organising Committee & Poet Kim Moore as the overall winner.

Poet Kim Moore said:

“Kieli’s poem ‘I am determination was chosen because we were really impressed with the story contained within the poem.  She has used personification to make ‘Give Up’ and ‘Determination’ into real people and we all loved the way that ‘Give Up’ transforms into ‘Little Determination’ by the end of the poem.  This is really mature writing and I couldn’t believe that this was written by a ten year old! Well done Kieli.”

The Cumbria School Games team presented a £50 book voucher to Kieli along with £100 book vouchers for her school and her framed poem.

Mr C Marsh, Head Teacher from St Michael’s School said: “Our children enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on, and then compose, a poem based on the values of the School Games. Kieli was delighted with her prize and we are all very proud of her!”

The winner of the Key Stage 1 competition and overall runner-up was Lauren Steele from Austin Friars St Monica’s School in Carlisle. Lauren was joined at her school assembly by Richard Johnston from Active Cumbria, who made the presentation of a framed copy of her poem together with a £50 book voucher.

Mr John Slingsby, Head of Junior School, Austin Friars and St Monica’s School said: “The whole School are extremely proud of Lauren’s achievement and all the children were very excited to see Lauren receive her prize. Her poem about Swimming really reflected ‘determination’, one of the Cumbria Games’ core values”.

Richard Johnston, Senior Manager at Active Cumbria said: “The poetry competition was a great opportunity for us to connect the values of the school games to the national curriculum through creative writing. The standard of the entries we received was extremely high, and our two winning entries were both on an exceptional standard. I would like to thank all those young people who entered the competition.” 

The poetry competition was open to any school within Cumbria for KS1 & KS2 asking individual pupils, to write an original poem based on any of the six Sainsbury’s School Games Values: Determination, Passion, Respect, Honesty, Self Belief and Teamwork.

To find out more about the Sainsbury’s School Games in Cumbria go to Make sure your school is signed to take part in the School Games at  

Key Stage 2 and overall winning poem
Key Stage 2 and overall winning poem
KS1 Winning Poem
KS1 Winning Poem