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Academy bright sparks win national poetry competition

Five pupils from Glasgow Academy are celebrating after being named among the winners of the national ‘Powering Poetry’ competition organised by energy company E.ON.

Katie McCall, Francesca Kate Fairlie, Sadie McLaughlin, Alexander Scott and Amiya Patel impressed the judges with their poems about renewable and more traditional sources of energy. The pupils each won a set of fiction and non-fiction energy-themed books for the school library, book tokens for themselves as well as copies of the compilation book made up of the 25 winning poems from pupils across the UK.

Sofia Riaz, Business Development Account Manager at E.ON, who visited the school to congratulate the winners, said: “Reading all of the entries we received, it was fascinating to see just what the term ‘energy’ means to primary schoolchildren. Poems were submitted on a whole range of themes - from appliances in the home to pylons, wind turbines and even to the inventors and scientists responsible for the origins of energy in all its forms. Judging by the quality of entries we received, I’d say the competition has been hugely successful in engaging and inspiring young pupils.”

Sam Fairlie-Clarke, of Glasgow Academy Prep School, said: “We gather from E.ON the standard of the poems submitted was very high, and Katie, Francesca, Sadie, Alexander and Amiya should feel justifiably proud of their accomplishment. They worked hard and we’re delighted that their efforts have been recognised.”

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