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Student wins national award for creative writing

By Warren Wilkins 24th October 2018

Student wins national award for creative writing

A Newquay student is celebrating after winning a national competition aimed at promoting race equality and diversity in schools.

Charlie Read, who is in Year 10 at Newquay Tretherras, was named as a winner of the 2018 Arts and Minds competition in the secondary creative writing category for the piece entitled ‘Empire Windrush’.

The annual UK-wide competition, organised by NASUWT – the teachers’ union,  saw children and young people from primary, secondary and special schools judged in art and creative writing. Charlie picked up the prize at the national awards ceremony in London for the piece on the right.

The judges said of the writing: “This has great structure and rhythm, the repetition of the refrain is extremely effective."

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said: “Congratulations to Charlie, who clearly worked very hard to achieve this success.

 “Every entry was highly creative and clever in its interpretation of the messaging behind the competition, so the judges had great difficulty in choosing the winners.

 “The quality of entries is a credit to the skills and abilities of the pupils and their teachers and support staff. The NASUWT is proud to organise the Arts & Minds competition which is an effective and enjoyable way of promoting and celebrating cultural diversity.”

A delighted Charlie said: “I’m really  grateful for this opportunity to fight against discrimination and show how past generations made such an impact on today. Learning about ‘Windrush’  was a huge experience, especially living in a relatively undiverse area such as Cornwall.”

Charlie’s mum, Kendra Field, spoke proudly of the achievement: “For me I'm so proud of Charlie, taking on a difficult subject with sensitivity and emotion, and for being seen with all the other beautiful pieces of work from around the country. I was amazed at the talent and power they all have.”

EMPIRE WINDRUSH by Charlie Read
We came on the Empire Windrush, over the rolling seas.
Invited to seek our fortune - will we end up as deportees?
We’ll have a place to grow old
& although it’s quite cold
we will make it our home, we said.
We came on the Empire Windrush, over the rolling seas.
Invited to seek our fortune - will we end up as deportees?
“Go home!”, we were told,
& their faces were cold
“It’s our home, not yours!”, they said.
We came on the Empire Windrush, over the rolling seas.
Invited to seek our fortune - will we end up as deportees?
Our dreams had been sold.
Tears down dark cheeks rolled.
But we’ll stay here & make it, we said.
We came on the Empire Windrush, over the rolling seas.
Invited to seek our fortune - will we end up as deportees?
It’s now 20-18 & it’s a different scene but our struggles still enter the news.
We are doctors & speakers, musicians and teachers & we’ve helped shape the world with our views.
It’s 70 years on & our message is strong: “We ARE British, united!”, they said

By Warren Wilkins 24th October 2018

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