It was back in March when six youngsters from the Costa del Sol and Gibraltar received deserved recognition for their hard work and talent; their poems, stories and artwork were published in this newspaper's Education and Learning special.
SUR in English still owed them personal congratulations however and last month five of the winners visited the newspaper's main newsroom in Malaga with their parents and teachers.
The visitors were given an insight into how the SUR newspapers are produced before receiving their certificates and enjoying refreshments in the SUR television studio.
The winning artists, seven-year-old Angelina Lopin, who goes to Aloha College and completes her artistic education at Kids Club Internacional El Campanario; and St Anthony's College student Noora Siltanen, had the chance to discuss their paintings with art critic Georgina Oliver, who helped judge the entries.
The young poets, Yukai Huang, 9, of Sunny View School, and Glafira Belova of Swans International School, were reminded of the words of praise given by poet and translator, Álvaro García, who was unable to attend the presentation, and the staff and visitors were able to enjoy their works being read aloud.
Former editor of SUR in English, Liz Parry was on hand to congratulate the primary short story winner, 10-year-old Carlos Úbeda of Sunny View School, for his work.
The winner in the secondary short story category, 15-year-old Oliver Barrass, received his certificate this week at his school, Prior Park in Gibraltar. SUR in English's Gibraltar correspondent, Debbie Bartlett, visited the school to deliver this newspaper's congratulations in person.
All the participating schools in southern Spain and Gibraltar were praised for the endevours of teachers to stimulate creativity among children of all ages.