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Manchester High School for Girls


Manchester High School for Girls pupil, 11-year-old Rabiah, has shown poetic brilliance by winning the Best Poem in Manchester - prize in the Young Writers’ ‘Poetry Emotions’ competition.

Her poem, along with a selection of other Manchester High pupils’ creative work, has now been published as a book in the competition’s Manchester anthology.

Young Writers aims to encourage young people to engage in creative writing. Their Poetry Emotions is a competition for 7-11 year-olds that challenges pupils to create a character for an emotion, before planning and writing their poem.

Rabiah, who has been a pupil at Manchester High since age 4, was excited to receive the accolade and to have her poem published. She said: “I was just practising a play in the playground when my friends ran over to tell me the news. I was in shock! I still remember skipping back to the classroom and couldn’t wait to tell all my family.”

She added: “I like to do a lot of writing at home and I have found that scary stories come easy to me. So I decided to write a poem about fear! I love the feeling of transporting myself into another world as I write, I guess you could say I have a wild imagination.”

Creative Rabiah loves to do Design Technology, English and Speech and Drama in school, and back at home she is often found writing short stories for her parents and siblings to read.

Rabiah added: “I think writing will always stay as a dear hobby to me. When I grow up I hope to become a teacher or maybe a scientist; I really love computing and astronomy and it would be fantastic to discover new worlds out there!”

Mrs Westall, Rabiah’s teacher at Manchester High School for Girls, said: “Rabiah is a bright and articulate young lady with a flair for writing. Whatever she writes, there is always a hint of her unique personality hidden within her words, too. Many congratulations to her on this wonderful achievement.”