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‘The New Normal’ Wins Lockdown Concrete Poetry Competition

Towards the end of the Summer Term, Bloxham School launched an English and Art Competition for local Primary and Prep School children with the chance for entrants to win a prize for themselves and their school.

The competition required the year 4 and 5 students to tackle the question "What has lockdown meant to you?" in the form of Concrete Poetry and we received a wide array of impressive submissions.

One of the judges, Mr Matthew, Director of Art, said "It's amazing how lockdown boredom can unleash such a wave of creativity and how confident, honest and expressive the pupils have been with their poems." 

Both Mr Matthew and Mr Saunders (Head of English) chose one winner, two runners up and highly commended eight other entries. The winner of the competition is Jacob from Deddington Primary School with his piece 'The New Normal'; both judges were impressed by his sense of design and ideas in this original piece. Not only will he receive £40 worth of book and art supplies for himself, he has also won a further £100 in supplies for his school.

Congratulations also go to our runners up Caleb (Deddington Primary) and Issac (Bloxham Primary). Caleb's 'Hands' had strong imagery, language and sentiment. Isaac's 'I Hate This Lockdown' wowed judges with his ability to explore the darker emotions of feeling bored and trapped.

Highly commended certificates were sent to Amy, Harry and Joe (Bloxham Primary), Mazey (Deddington), Isabel (Dr Radcliffe's), Meredith, Evelyn & William (Great Tew).

All entries can be found on our Flickr page here.