The Gower School child Highly Commended in national essay competition

14th May 19

We’re so proud of our Year Six pupil who entered the Independent Schools Association’s National Essay Competition 2019 with his essay ‘Forgotten’, and won the Highly Commended Prize in the Horsey Junior Essay category. 

The children in Rohan’s category were asked to choose an autumn scene and recreate it using vivid descriptive techniques. The competition had over 250 entries from around the country.

Here is what Brian Duffield, an adjudicator of the category, had to say about ‘Forgotten’: 

“Rohan has written a beautifully descriptive piece, cleverly linking the title to the final word of the response. It opens with some excellent descriptors – ‘russet veins’, ‘the cerulean sky’, ‘mud engulfed’ – illustrating how ambitious vocabulary immediately captures the scene. A metaphor comparing the falling leaves to ‘wingless birds’ is also a great image. 

He develops the scene by contrasting the human dimension with the natural: ‘seem like there was a wave of depression washing over it’, creating a powerful mood. There is then a description of the various animals who visit the scene-a little like the pond in ‘Of Mice and Men’,  and the retreat as darkness falls and ‘old worries were, for the time being, Forgotten’ creating a lovely cyclical structure.”

Principal Emma Gowers congratulated Rohan, saying: “We are thrilled for the pupil’s achievement, he is a brilliant writer and it is absolutely fantastic to see one of our talented getting recognised in a national competition. Huge congratulations!”