25th May 2016
Children from JCG achieve enormous success in commemorative competition.
Never Such Innocence has successfully engaged children from across the British Isles in commemorating the First World War through poetry and art with two JCG students winning prizes for their submissions.
The commemorative charity launched its national competition last autumn in Jersey, with the kind support of Coutts, in which children were invited to submit poems or artwork inspired by the events of the Great War. Over 100 schools from across the British Isles (and indeed entries from across the world) entered the competition.
Lady Lucy French, Chair and Founder of Never Such Innocence, commented: “I am delighted that our first year in the Crown Dependencies has been such a great success. We are incredibly proud of what the children have produced for the competition and continue to be astonished by their emotional intelligence. They are creating a fantastic legacy for generations to come.”
The judging was conducted anonymously and winners were chosen from all corners of the British Isles, and even featured a winner from New Zealand and one from the United States! Jersey did especially well with two prize winners from Jersey College for Girls. Hannah Owens won third place in the Year 7-9 category for her poem ‘Indefinitely Burdening’ and Olivia Jones won third place in the Year 10-11 category for her poem ‘Here I Hold Your Child’.
Paul Eva, Market Leader, Coutts Crown Dependencies says: “Congratulations to all the winners. We are so pleased to support this inaugural competition which provides a creative way for children in the Crown Dependencies and further afield to connect with their heritage and commemorate the centenary of the First World War with poetry and art.”
Never Such Innocence held their award ceremony at the House of Lords on Monday 16th May, hosted by Baroness Anne Jenkin. The winning children were in attendance, with their families and teachers, and awarded their prizes by General Gordon Messenger, Vice-Chief of Defence Staff.
The competition will run annually until 2018, contact [email protected] for more information.
Eleanor Carter, Director of The Poetry App and competition judge, commented: “Judging the children’s poetry was a fantastic experience – there was such a high level of talent from all ages of the competition. The children were knowledgeable, respectful, intelligent and inventive when creating their verse. Every single one of them deserves to be awarded for their marvellous creativity” Eleanor Carter, The Poetry App.