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Respect won the Cumbria School Games Poetry Competition

July 19, 2016

Active Cumbria is pleased to announce the winners of the Cumbria School Games Poetry Competition for 2016.  Over 580 entries were received for this year’s competition and the standard was exceptionally high.

The Key Stage 2 and overall winner was Holly Williams (pictured above), from St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, Penrith, and Holly was joined at her school assembly yesterday by representatives of Active Cumbria and Alien Goodsport, the Cumbria School Games mascot.

St Catherine’s had a fun packed assembly 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. Holly entered her poem along with over 580 other young people across Cumbria and was chosen by the Local Organising Committee & Poet Kim Moore as the overall winner. 

"Respect" By Holly Williams

‘I chose "Respect" as the winner because I think the poet handled the rhyme scheme really well, and I enjoyed the way the story developed, with the change of emotions from envy to respect.  It seems to me to be a realistic and honest portrayal of what many of us feel when we see friends doing well! 

The Cumbria School Games team presented a prize of a framed copy of her poem and a £50 book voucher to Holly who read her poem to the 700+ audience at the School Games which was broadcast live on BBC Radio Cumbria.  Her school have also won a Masterclass with Kim.

The winner of the Key Stage 1 competition was Sahara Sakthi from South Walney Infants School. Sahara was joined at her school assembly by Emma Broadbent from Active Cumbria, who made the presentation of a £50 book voucher.

Janice Callister from South Walney Infant School said, ‘We are so proud of Sahana winning the K.S.1 poetry competition. The look on her face when she realised she was the winner was priceless!

As a school we place high importance on celebrating each other's achievements, so it was great that Active Cumbria visited us and shared her success with all the children.

Year 2 really enjoyed writing their poems and teaching it was made easy by following the tips from professional poet Kim Moore on the Active Cumbria website. The school games values link closely with our own school ethos.’



The winner of the Key Stage 3 competition and runner-up was Andrew Woodmass-Calvert from William Howard School in Carlisle. Andrew was presented with his prize of a framed copy of his poem together with a £50 book voucher by Richard Johnston from Active Cumbria.

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 winning entries were 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 & KS3 asking individual pupils, to write an original poem based on any of the six School Games Values: Determination, Passion, Respect, Honesty, Self Belief and Teamwork.

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