Judges ‘amazed’ by pupils’ work for competition

Alexia Johnson receiving certificate for Class 5ME at William Alvey School EMN-141118-145109001
Alexia Johnson receiving certificate for Class 5ME at William Alvey School EMN-141118-145109001

A year long schools’ project run by the Royal British Legion has been won by Kesteven and Sleaford High School pupil Sophie Halse and William Alvey Primary School.

The project, in which pupils were invited to submit work designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, produced a variety of ideas.

Sophie Halse receives her prize for winning the Royal British Legion Centenary competition EMN-141118-142728001

Sophie Halse receives her prize for winning the Royal British Legion Centenary competition EMN-141118-142728001

Project co-ordinator, Graham Conway, said the Royal British Legion committee and judges were ‘amazed’ by the diversity and excellence of the work submitted.

He said: “Clearly the children had grasped the true meaning of remembrance.”

First prize of £50 was awarded to Sophie Halse for making a film in which fellow pupils acted out the characters from an original diary written during the war.

The judges, RBL branch chairman Major Clive Candlin, Coun Andrew Hagues and Poppy Appeal organiser Maggie Davidson, were unable to separate two beautifully written and performed songs by Emily Colman and Emily Davies, and a poem by Katherine Bolton. As a result, all three girls were given joint second place awards of £40 each.

Similarly, in third place, Ellie Goodwin, Abigail Healey and Cara Clack, shared awards of £30, while 13 other students received Certificates of Participation.

In the primary schools’ section, William Alvey School’s ‘Project 72’ was awarded the £50 first prize. This ongoing project is reconstructing a lost war memorial commemorating 72 old boys of the school who made the supreme sacrifice in the First World War. Special Recognition Certificates were given to Class 5ME and to Alexia Johnson for work done on the project.