Refugee Poetry Competition: “Refugees Are Welcome Here”

As a result of the ongoing refugee crisis, Newham Teachers’ Association has decided to continue to run our Refugee Week Schools Competition for 2017. Please ask your HT to confirm that your school will take part. Details for the competition are available to download from our website. A letter has been sent to all HTs.

Portrait Of Five Children Having Fun Outdoors TogetherSchools can run the competition during Refugee Week 2017, 19th – 25th June, as either a class or home activity. However it can be run at any time before this to suit your school diary and curriculum . The entries for each phase should be judged by the end of the end of the week, 26th – 30th June, and the winning entries sent to be considered in the Newham competition ASAP by 4pm on 4th July 2017.
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A local prize giving event will take place at in July to which winners and their parents will be invited.

Email , or ask your HT to use the form on the letter which has gone to all HTs.


Download copies of competition documents:

NTA Letter to HTs
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Lesson Ideas for competition
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Timetable for competition
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Task KS1
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Task LKS2
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Task UKS2
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Task KS3
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Archive – Last year’s competition:

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NTA Schools 2016 Competition Winners.

Another successful “Refugees Are Welcome Here” Poetry Competition has just been held by Newham Teachers’ Association.

Finalists from each participating school, together with their families, were invited to Essex Primary School for a celebratory event and prize giving on 14/07/2016.

Christine Blower presented the prizes.

Competition group photo
Competition group photo

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The NTA thanks Christine for her support and encouragement of the event.

Thanks also to all the schools which participated and ensured the success of the competition.

Prize winning entries:

1st Prize KS 1

1st Prize Lower KS 2

1st Prize Upper KS 2

1st Prize KS 3

The NUT runs the competition across the country so Newham’s children have the chance to achieve national recognition. We expect that in 2016 Newham schools will again receive national success.

The NUT was so impressed with the work of Newham’s schools that it sponsored the national publication of an anthology of their children’s poetry:
Newham Refugee Poetry Book 2015/16

Child refugee marching, with toys.
Child refugee marching, with toys.

A Resources List with lesson ideas can be downloaded from our website.

The NUT has a number of related resources:

NUT Refugee Hub

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Refugees welcome

The Union has a long-standing commitment to supporting refugee children and their teachers. Please look out for the “Refugees Are Welcome Here” Poetry Competition again next year.

(This page was first created on 01/03/2016. It has been updated on several occasions. The most recent update was on 09/11/2016.)