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SCEMES National Poetry Competition
Mon 15 Jan 2007
A new poetry competition on the theme of the environment for all UK primary schools has been launched with the support of Gwyneth Glyn, Andrew Fusek Peters, Brian Patten and Martin Newell.

The competition for pupils aged 7 to 11, on the theme of 'the environment', was launched with the good wishes of Ian Pearson, Minister of State for Climate Change and the Environment, who said: 

'I wish all the competitors well, and look forward to seeing the results. There will be messages in there for all of us.'

These words were echoed by Gwyneth Glyn, Welsh-language children's poet laureate, who said:

'I'm confident this competition will generate some very exciting work.  Poetry has the power to find simplicity in complexity, and the magic to find complexity in simplicity.'

Entries can be in English or Welsh whilst those from children with special educational needs are encouraged. Winning schools are expected to spend their prize sum with suppliers of products and services listed in the SCEMES Educational Buyers Directory accessible via the SCEMES website.

Judges for the final include Jonathon Porritt, Ian Pearson MP and Bill Laar.

Further details from the SCEMES website
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