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Pupils hailed in great school competition

PUBLISHED: 16:38 13 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 August 2010

WINNERS: Natasha Cripps, Patrick Clarke and Laura Harries, all 10, from Oak Lodge Primary.

WINNERS: Natasha Cripps, Patrick Clarke and Laura Harries, all 10, from Oak Lodge Primary.

CREATIVE school kids have won iPod Nano walkmans in our My School Is Great Competition.

CREATIVE school kids have won iPod Nano walkmans in our My School Is Great Competition.

We challenged seven to 11-year-olds in Bexley and Bromley to show us in drawings, poems, collages and stories why their school is top class.

Fifteen winners from 7,000 hopefuls received their award from Lord Adonis, London Schools Minister, at the London Aquarium yesterday.

Millie Rogers, 10, from Brampton Primary School, Bexleyheath, and Callum King, 11, from Darrick Wood Junior School, Orpington, both scooped the prize for the best individual entry in their borough.

Callum, of Green Acres Close, Orpington, said: "It was really good. I put Black Sabbath on my iPod last night. I'll put some normal hip-hop on there too.

"My entry was a folder of every year I've been at Darrick Wood. I drew the school uniform and put in my favourite teachers and subjects.

"I was quietly confident but was amazed when we were told there were thousands of entries."

After receiving their prizes, the children were taken around the aquarium where they saw exotic marine life including lion fish and tiger sharks.

Certificates were also awarded to schools that encouraged the most kids to get creative and enter the competition.

Hurst Primary School, Bexley, sent us 144 entries, whilst Oak Lodge Primary School, Bromley, presented an amazing 187 entries.

Lesley Childs, head of English at Hurst Primary School, said: "The children really enjoyed the awards ceremony where they had front row seats with their names on.

"They felt like celebrities. It was a great day out."

At the ceremony, Lord Adonis said: "The My School is Great competition is a fantastic way for pupils at primary school age to showcase their creativity and ambition whilst at the same time expressing pride in their school and education."

Our challenge proved particularly popular amongst schools this year with three times more entries than last year.

The Kentish Times news desk was overwhelmed with 793 extremely varied and creative entries from 24 Bexley and Bromley schools.

Enzo Testa, Archant's executive managing director, said: "This year's entries were of an extremely high standard.

"We hope we get a similar response to next year's competition which will be launched in January 2009."

To see all of this year's entries, click the My School is Great logo on the right.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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