Schools across the city have been invited to take part in a major creative and literary competition on the theme of their favourite things about Portsmouth.
The first-ever ‘What I like about my city’ competition promises to set imaginations on fire as year seven boys and girls interpret the theme through essays, poems, artworks, websites and even short films.
It is being organised by The Portsmouth Society as part of the celebrations for National Civic Day which falls on June 25 – when competition winners will be announced by Lord Mayor Paula Riches.
Rev Terry Carter, the society’s secretary, says: ‘We want to give youngsters a sense of civic pride and would like to see them engage their imaginations to the full.
‘We hope the competition will encourage them to observe Portsmouth as they walk through the streets and think about what they love about it, as well as what they might like to change.
‘What a lot of people don’t realise is they can have a direct impact on regeneration and development. If you don’t like a planning proposal for example, you can oppose it.’
He adds: ‘It would be great to have as many schools as possible involved as we would like to put this on every year.’
One of the schools entering the competition is City of Portsmouth Girls’ School, where more than 170 11 and 12-year-olds are now putting the finishing touches to submissions across all categories.
Simon Hodge, extended schools manager, says: ‘All the girls are very excited to be involved in such a fantastic project.
‘They’ve been getting their inspiration from a range of things – for example, in English classes the girls have visited the seafront and local landmarks to inspire poetry.
‘It is so important for our young generations to take an active interest in this fantastic city and to value its rich culture and heritage.’
All entries must be submitted by Monday, May 16. Selected works will be displayed at the Central Library and winners will get vouchers and certificates.
To apply contact Sue McClory on 023 9242 8683 or at firstname.lastname@example.org