July 19 2021 | Online | Views: 196
This year the Canterbury Rotary Club, through the Vocational Committee, decided to set youngsters a fun, totally new challenge the ‘Dear Future Self Competition supported by The STEM Hub. The entrants had to write a message to their future selves, based around an issue or a structure of their choice. The form of the message was entirely up to them - they could use anything from the traditional essay format to rap!
5 Secondary Schools across Kent & Medway took part in the competition and an imaginative and interesting, poetic entry about human rights won the first prize.
1. The first prize of £500 was won by Morgane from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Faversham.
Morgane wrote an excellent and unusual poem about human rights that impressed all the judges. The poem, titled “The Right of All Humanity” was to be read in the future by a 30-yearold Morgane. In it is an impassioned plea to get involved in addressing issues of rights and inequalities - for instance, one part goes:
“Remember you are not ever alone… There are people who also want to fight for the same cause… This is not a battle you have to face on your own”.
2. The second prize of £100 was won by Lily R from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Faversham.
Lily wrote a heartfelt and well written essay about a beautiful old church in Ospringe and her concerns about the building’s slow decay. It’s quite clear from her poem just how much she feels for the church’s structure, history and place in the community. Forlornly, she writes (to her future self): “By the time that you read this letter, the church will have surrendered itself to nature, and be nothing but the shell of the sanctuary it used to be”. A wake-up call, perhaps, to all who care about this building and others like it?
3. The third prize of £50 was won by Jodie, also from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Faversham.
Jodie wrote a very good essay about the risks of ignoring climate change, outlining what people need to do to protect the planet. It’s another message in which the author realises that they have a role to play if things are to change. The closing line is: “For the sake of humanity’s future, for my grandchildrens’ and for you; my future self, I won’t give up yet. When I look at myself, I’ll ask: Are you doing as much as you can?”
To find out more about this competition and other winners visit The Rotary Club of Canterbury’s Future Self competition page.