Acresfield aces shine with fine rhymes in VE Day competition

Three pupils from Acresfield Primary School have what it takes to be a poet – and they won prizes to show it!

Children from the school took top spots in a county-wide VE Day poetry competition, and the trio had the judges floored to scoop a hat-trick of awards.

Gabi Nesbitt’s entry won the Chairman’s Special Prize, Luke Cawley has won the Lord Mayor’s Special Prize, and Emily Barker bagged a creditable runners-up spot.

Chloe Carberry, Deputy Head Teacher, said: “I’m delighted to see the children did so well in this competition.

“They worked really hard to produce some super poems, all of which were written remotely during our school closure.

“They approached it in an extremely mature way, showing an excellent understanding of VE day and why it is so important to commemorate it.

“I was also thrilled that all of the children in Year 6 took the time to write a poem and enter the competition. It says a lot about their super attitude and approach to learning and life.”

The competition to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II was organised by Chairman of Cheshire West & Chester Council Cllr Bob Rudd, and Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Mark Williams.

Footage of the winners reading their poems was played at the VE Civic Service together with Chester Cathedral and the military, aired on May 8.

Acresfield joined North West Academies Trust (NWAT) last year and is benefiting from sharing ideas and best practice with schools such as Delamere Academy, near Northwich, and St Martin’s Academy, Chester. All three schools are rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Head teacher Mike Dixon said: “I’m really proud of how well our pupils did in the poetry competition, and how well they are coping with the lockdown situation in general.

“The coronavirus crisis has made for an extremely challenging time for all of us, but staff, pupils and parents have responded in the best possible way to ensure we can continue delivering a first class education via our online platforms.”

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, said: “Acresfield is a hugely successful school and continues to ensure, even in these challenging times, that it meets the needs of all its pupils.

“We feel very proud of what they, and all our other schools, have achieved.”

For more information about Acresfield Primary, email: admin@acresfield.cheshire.sch.uk or tel:  01244 257350.

VE Day

Finally, war is over.

Now we are safe,

Without bombs and gun shots all over the place.

Here is the story right from the start.

One bright morning, I was in my garden eating some pears,

When war was declared.

I told my husband this terribly sad news,

He needed to be used.

He fought for his life,

But it soon came to an end.

He was shot.

His life was over.

Now this day has arrived,

We will always remember the people who had died.

I will party now, but the sadness will never be lost.

Gabi Nesbitt