London Borough of Barnet

Tiaras, cupcakes and unicorns – a day in the life of Barnet’s ‘Queen’

Published Friday 29 June 2012

Talented young poets across the borough have revealed their personal take on living a day in the life of the Monarch.

Hundreds of school children entered Barnet Council’s Diamond Jubilee Poetry competition under the heading ‘if I were King or Queen for the day…’ as part of the borough’s celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen’s accession to the throne.

Winning entries included the would-be Kings and Queens jumping in muddy puddles, drinking broccoli soup from golden bowls and giving away free ice cream.

Others wrote about not getting nagged if their room was a mess, riding a unicorn up to the sky and inviting Simon Cowell to tea.

Three winners were chosen for the 5 to 7 and 7 to 11 age categories. One highly commended entry was also given in the 5 to 7 age group. Read them here!

The six 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners were presented with a framed copy of their poem, a trophy and a medal by the Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Schama at a ceremony at Hendon Town Hall yesterday (28 June). The highly commended winner received a medal and a framed poem.

Martin Russell, the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Barnet and chairman of the Barnet Diamond Jubilee Steering Group, said: “The response to the competition was pleasing; the quality of entries was surprising and the panel had much fun selecting winners.

“Not only was the quality of writing good, but the drawings illustrating many of the poems were imaginative as well. The winners should all be very proud of themselves.”

The winners are as follows:

5-7 years

* 1st prize – Peggy Amos, Foulds School, Age 5, Yr 1

* 2nd prize – Ria Phlora, Woodridge Primary School, Age 7, Yr 2

* 3rd prize – Isabel Moura Matthews, Foulds School, Age 5, Yr 1

* Highly Commended – Lola Barnard, Woodridge Primary School, Age 6, Yr 2

7-11 yrs

* 1st prize – Julia Graszkiewicz, Garden Suburb Junior School, Age 11, Yr 6

* 2nd prize – Ben Essex, Foulds School, Age 9, Yr 5

* 3rd prize – Isabella Tessier, Foulds School, Age 11, Yr 6

Contact Press Officer: Sue Cocker