Year 10 Student Yearns for The Sky in STAGS National Writing Day Competition


On 21st June 2017 young people across the country put pen to paper for the annual National Writing Day Competition within school. This year, the brief simply encouraged students to ‘#tell your story’.
STAGS Students from all year groups were invited to submit creative writing on any topic that inspired them and it could be in any form – poems, short stories and even story extracts.

This year the standard of the entries was very high indeed and the vast array of topic, genre and form made it very hard for the English Department to choose a winner. However after much debate the judges choose the winning poem, entitled ‘Your Sky’, by talented Year 10 student Samira Hanchaoui. This was chosen because they enjoyed the poem’s sense of peacefulness, and longing for freedom.
English teacher Miss Sherman said, ‘In just eight lines, Samira skilfully encapsulated a moment and invoked a melancholy yearning for the independence of the natural world.’

Thank you to all those students across the school who individually submitted an entry and STAGS community congratulate Samira on achieving such a standard of creative writing.

Your Sky

I can see the clouds moving;
Slowly turning their backs to me,
Defying the brilliant wind that closes my book
And clears my table,
Sweeping their silent wisps across the
Blunt blue sky.
Never saying hello or goodbye.
Swaying across your sky.

By Samira Hanchaoui