President Drew Dodds and Competition organiser, Chris Walbank, were welcomed by Head teacher, Mr Aiden Duffy, to a morning assembly at Holy Name Catholic Primary School on the last day of January 2012 to present certificates of achievement to four students in Mrs Waugh’s Year 5. Each student had been selected to represent the School in the Rotary Club of Headingley’s competition for The Rotary International Britain & Ireland Young Writers of The Year Award 2011-2012.
After a quiet and thoughtful short act of worship, presented by the children, Chris spoke to the Year 5 class. “At each stage, someone had said “yes” and those childen who had been on a ‘Gifted Writers Competition’ earlier in the school year were the ones whose work had been selected.”
There were two short stories: one of a gifted javelin thrower who worked up to achieve Olympic standard and one about a swimmer who stood in to save the day at the Olympic final.
Both poems were of a very high standard. Andrew McGough’s ‘Olympics For The World’ identified the specialist sport of the different nations and in muscular images gave a verse to each. Listen to the rhythms and vigorous verbs in two of his verses which enact what is happening:
……… “Chinese gymnasts
. ………Swinging with the rings up high, their grip sure.
………..Finnish javelin throwers,
……….Hurling them like spears through the sky.”
The winner of the First Prize of a book token for twenty pounds, Tanishka Ghodake, wrote of the wider purpose of the Olympic Games, bringing all the nations together with a common purpose in the Olympics and Paralympic Games. Her poem, which goes forward to District, ends with a striking image:
……. “all mankind unite for game
………as the sun rays lit the Olympic flame.”
Later in the year the class will be going to see that very flame as part of their celebration of The Year of the Great Britain Olympics. Well done for taking part with such success!