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Winning letter

On Sunday 16 November 2014 one of our pupils, Loveday, was invited to a performance of The Best Christmas Present in the World by Michael Morporgo, to collect a prize for being one of the winners of the Bookfest remembers competition.


At the start of the Autumn term in September 2014, Shrewsbury Children’s Bookfest delivered to 18 primary schools across Shropshire copies of the book.  It describes how in December 1914 the British and German forces famously laid down their arms to play a game of football.  The story is told through a letter that is found by chance almost a century later, bringing one soldier’s experience hauntingly to life. 


The children were encouraged to write a letter in response to the story and we were very proud that a number of our children were selected as runners-up in the competition. Moreover, we were extremely pleased that Loveday was one of the winners selected to attend the performance of Michael Morporgo’s play and be presented with her certificate by the author himself.


Congratulations to Loveday, who thoroughly enjoyed attending the play and meeting the author. The school would like to say thank you to the year 6 teachers for giving the children the opportunity to take part in the competition. A major thank you must go to the Shrewsbury Bookfest team, too, for organising and running this amazing event.

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