Ken Marek, Commodore of Stoke on Trent Boat Club which has just celebrated its Golden Jubilee with a rally of boats, visited St Luke’s Primary School, Endon, to present prizes in the competitions run by the boat club. Head teacher, David Law, was delighted with the pupils’ fantastic response to the ‘canal week’ in March, when pupils learned about narrowboats and the waterways, culminating in a visit to the boat club.
The winning entries were displayed at the club’s Jubilee weekend, and the work was praised by visiting boaters as well as Endon residents.
The writing section was judged by Past Commodore, Ray Savage, and his wife Mary, former Editor of the boat club’s award-winning magazine, Paddle Post. James Redford, year 5, was the winner, and Lauren Pickford, year 4, runner-up. 8 Highly Commended certificates were awarded.
The judges for poetry were John Sutton, also a Past Commodore, and wife Eva, who has composed poetry. They selected Lily Grundy as winner with Charlie Eardley – both year 6 – as runner-up. John and Eva commented ‘a very high standard by all entrants which made it very difficult to name a few. But well done to all. Enjoyable too!’ 11 HC certificates were issued.
John T Sutton, another Past Commodore and designer of the Jubilee logo, judged the Art section, with Bethany Horwell [year 6] the winner, and Neriah Brassington in year 1 the runner-up, with 6 Highly Commended.
The last section, photography, was judged by another Past Commodore, Dave Barker, himself a keen photographer, who reported ‘a very enthusiastic entry. Thank you, St Luke’s School, Endon.’ He awarded 1st place to Archie Johnson, year 1, with Lauren Potts, year 5, as runner-up. Lauren also achieved five highly commended certificates. Nine others were highly commended, 2 of them receiving two certificates.
The Commodore commented that everyone at the club was very impressed with the standard of work, and the enthusiasm of the pupils. He thanked the head teacher, his secretary and all the staff for their co-operation, saying how good it was to have worked with these young people – the boaters of the future perhaps! The Commodore presented the school with a commemorative brass plaque as a souvenir of the event.
Further information from Erica Martin 07860 620720