Primary school students sought for national poetry competition for young poets

A national poetry competition for young poets has been launched by Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Blackrock Education Centre

The national ‘Something Fishy’ poetry competition is aimed at 5th and 6th class primary school students in Ireland and is an opportunity for students to get creative and learn all about fish.

This is the second year the competition has been run as a fun way for students to learn more about fish and their environment while also being in with a chance to win some great prizes.

A national poetry competition for young poets

The competition is to write an acrostic poem; in which the first letter of each line spells out a word. Each student is to spell out the word ‘STREAM’ to write their own acrostic poem.

Primary school students are also encouraged to illustrate their poems where possible.

Only one entry is permitted per student and must be original work. The closing date for entries is Friday, 28th of May 2021.

Parents/ Guardians are being asked to email the entry to outreach@fisheriesireland.ie and to include the student’s name, class (5th or 6th) and school name and address.

national poetry competition for young poets

The entries will be divided into three categories: 5th class, 6th class and there is also a category for entries in the Irish language. The winning illustrated poems will be chosen by a panel of judges.

‘The poetry competition is a great way to inspire students to engage in learning in an innovative way.’ Susan Gibney, Director of the Blackrock Education Centre said.

‘As an education centre, it is great to be part of new ways to involve students in learning particularly during current times.’

Winners will be announced on the 18th of June 2021 and prizes are as follows for three categories, 5th and 6th class and Irish language;

1st prize- Fishing kit (to the value of €100)

2nd prize- Outdoor field trip kit (to the value of €50)

3rd prize- Goody Bag (to the value of €30)

Each category will have three separate prize-winners who will receive the above prizes.

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