The youngsters have been praised for creating poetry and artwork in a competition run by the Campaign to Protect Rural Wales.
The theme of their work was the environment and a poem by Trellech Elementary School second grader Danny Kersley titled ‘Not a Wonderful World’ won first place in the first year age group. and second years.
Organisers, Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW), held an awards ceremony at the Bridges Center in Monmouth for the primary school winners of the annual Schools Painting and Poetry Competition on July 4.
CPRW is partnering with Keep Wales Tidy, an environmental charity which runs the Eco-Schools program in Wales led by Bryony Bromley.
Committee member Richard Mitchley said: “The Schools Painting and Poetry Competition was set up by Monmouth CPRW some 20 years ago now to try to get children excited about our beautiful Monmouthshire countryside.
”We had to cancel last year’s competition due to covid, so it’s good to be back this year!
First place for the first and second year age groups for poetry was Danny Kersley from Trellech, Jacob Rees also from Trellech had second place, third place was Lola Horne from The Dell and second was Ceira Price of Llandogo.
In the third and fourth year age group, first place went to Lily Jacques from Overmonnow, second place went to Zofia Taylor from The Dell, third place went to Antonia Ionescu from Overmonnow and Karla Garnham from Llandogo was finalist.
In the poetry contest, the fifth and sixth year winners were first place Haf Parry of Ysgol Gymraeg Y Fenni, second place went to Dougie Wallwork of The Dell, third place went to James Fletcher of Goytre Fawr and Jasmine Woodman of The Dell was a finalist. .
“We didn’t have as many poetry entries this year as some years, but what we lacked in quantity we made up for in quality,” Richard said.
The artwork competition was also divided into three age groups.
First place for artwork in the first and second year age group went to Lowenna Holtam of Trellech, second place was Oscar Randall of The Dell, Dylan Dawe, also of The Dell took third place and Zara Adshead from Llandogo was runner-up.
In the third and fourth year age group, all of the awarded children were from Dell Elementary School. First place went to Isabella Luciani-Smith, second place to Darcie Teague, third place to Dilys Thompson and second place to Jasper Woodhouse.
Again, all of the Year Five and Year Six category winners for artwork came from The Dell. Lily Morgan got first place, second place went to Jasmine Woodman and third place was Lillianna Forest Brown.
Prizes for the artwork were donated by Pauline Griffiths who founded both the Abergavenny Art Shop and the gallery and cafe in the Old Baptist Church below Abergavenny Market.
Richard said: “We are extremely grateful for his generosity.”
Between five and eight primary schools take part in the competition each year, with Goytre Fawr taking part almost every year.
Six primary schools took part in this year’s theme, “Birds eye view of 2030”, by entering either a work of art or a poem.
“We chose 2030 because, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that is the deadline to take the necessary measures to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
“It’s a deadline that I fear may already have passed, in which case we need to prepare for major changes in our environment.
“If the government and ordinary people really start making serious changes now, it’s not impossible that our environment could actually improve,” explained Richard.
Dr Alison Neal from Abergavenny attended the Children’s Awards ceremony as she works closely with art students.
“I’m glad to be asked to present the awards, but if you haven’t won an award, don’t stop.
“Don’t let anyone tell you you’re no good because we imagine and we make,” she said.
Richard said: “We were looking for originality above all else.
”We just want to teach the environment to primary school children.”