Budding poet Charlie wins top prize in wonderful celebration of Welsh culture

Budding poet Charlie wins top prize in wonderful celebration of Welsh culture

2 March 2021

Eleven-year-old Charlie Lewis has been crowned the Bard for her outstanding poem, The Wings of Time, in this year’s Monmouth School Girls’ Prep virtual Eisteddfod.

Charlie (pictured) was recognised for her powerful poem that focused on a Welsh dragon’s travels through time, visiting Knights and Castles filled with gold, before reflecting on the past.

Fellow Year 6 pupil, Harriet New, shone in the musical section and won the Blue Riband competition.

Ten-year-old Harriet took the top music award for her lovely vocal performance of the Dolly Parton song, Coat of Many Colours.

Points were awarded in each section and, at the end of the event, Mather Jackson House pipped Bagnall Oakeley to the overall Eisteddfod prize by a margin of just two points. Prosser finished just behind, in third place, and Imbert Terry, fourth.

The celebration of Welsh culture took place online this year due to the lockdown and entries from the creative pupils at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools were stunning in all sections.

Acting Head, Mr Tom Evans, said: “I am extremely proud of everyone involved. The pupils showed such boundless energy and enthusiasm and gave their very best to showcase such wonderful talents across the creative arts.”

He gave a special thank you to Mrs Helen Rees for organising the music competitions, Dr Toby Murcott for editing and putting the virtual Eisteddfod video together and Miss Rebecca Sanderson for collating the videos and helping in the editing process.

Mr Evans thanked all staff at the school for their dedication, effort and hard work in putting the Eisteddfod together in such challenging circumstances.

Overall Eisteddfod result: 1 Mather Jackson 43 points, 2 Bagnall Oakeley 41, 3 Prosser 40, 4 Imbert Terry 37.

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