Penmanship wins prize for Imogen
IT may be a dying art – but beautiful handwriting came naturally to Imogen Lowe.
The Prestbury St Mary's CofE Junior School pupil was the overall winner out of 13 schools in Cleeve Vale Rotary Club's long-running contest.
And, in a clean sweep, St Mary's was also the best overall school.
The competition, which has run for 18 years in primary schools in and around Bishop's Cleeve, involves children copying a poem in their best handwriting.
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This year's choice was Christina Rossetti's The Rainbow.
Entries were judged to the National Curriculum Guidelines for Handwriting – KS3 Objective.
There were also best in school prizes and endeavour prizes for most improved pupils.
Imogen won a trophy to keep for a year and a book token. Her school won a cup and £100 for a charity of its choice.
Competition organiser Clive Miller said: "We're all aware of the impact of computers, tablets, iPhones, Twitter and Facebook has on the way young people increasingly communicate these days, so it's very gratifying when we see such high standards of handwriting."