Full marks from SUR in English

Students, parents, judges and staff at the SUR in English offices.
Students, parents, judges and staff at the SUR in English offices. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • Young artists, storytellers and poets receive their certificates following their success in the Education and Learning supplement earlier this year

We have to go back to January to find the start of this story. That was when teachers at the international schools in southern Spain and Gibraltar received their annual emails inviting their students to send in work for the annual SUR in English Education and Learning supplement.

In February, with an inbox full of poems, short stories and artwork from both secondary and primary students, it was time to pick out the best work to be published in the supplement. This job was given to a panel of judges formed this year by former SUR in English editor Liz Parry; journalist and art critic Georgina Oliver; and singer-songwriter and columnist Peter Edgerton, who selected winners, runners-up and works that deserved a special mention.

All this talent and creativity was then slotted into the pages of the special supplement that was published in March, along with information and news from local schools.

Having their work published is a prize in itself, however the students whose contributions were selected as the best poems, stories and artwork in the primary and secondary categories were invited with their families to the SUR offices in April to receive their certificates. There, they were able to visit the newsroom and enjoy refreshments, this year served in the television studio.

Students who were unable to attend were given their certificates by their teachers at school.


The best works chosen this year in the short story section were by Seve Bonvini of Swans International School (secondary) and Agastya Bhat of Laude San Pedro International College (primary).

Certificates for the best poetry went to Emily Simmons of English International College (secondary) and Mercedez Zurburg of Novaschool Sunland International (primary).

Finally the winning artworks were by Izzy Blok of Sotogrande International School (secondary) and Sophia Kuznetsova of Aloha College (primary).

Now, with the end of term in sight, children will be looking forward to a well-earned rest - but if there are any moments of boredom in the summer holidays they could always brush up their talents ready for next year's SUR in English Education and Learning supplement.