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History lessons earn children prizes

By This is Sussex  |  Posted: July 22, 2010

  • WINNERS: Town Mayor Cllr Stephen Barnett and Graham Gaisburgh-Watkyn with Year 4 runner-up Megan Brett, Year 3 winner Alex Keeley and Year 3 runner-up Laura Howson AH1907103/1

  • WINNERS: Town Mayor Cllr Stephen Barnett and Graham Gaisburgh-Watkyn with Year 4 runner-up Megan Brett, Year 3 winner Alex Keeley and Year 3 runner-up Laura Howson

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CHILDREN were rewarded for presenting their own views on the history of East Grinstead.

Pupils from schools across the town took part in the annual Sackville Shield and the 2009 winners collected their prizes on Monday.

Each year, students from Years 3 and 4 visit Sackville College, before writing an essay on what they have learnt about the iconic listed building.

Warden Graham Gaisburgh-Watkyn said: "It is designed not only to teach the children about Sackville College, but also to help get them interested in the history of the place where they live.

"The children certainly seemed to enjoy it and the schools think it's the absolute tops."

Dormansland Primary School pupils Alex Keeley and Laura Howson claimed first and second prize respectively in the Year 3 category.

Meanwhile, Michael Hall student Emily Cantwell-Kelly scooped first in the Year 4 category, followed by Megan Brett, of Blackwell Primary School.

The four best entries each received a small shield and the winners got to take the Sackville Shield back to their school for the next 12 months.

There was also a special certificate for Oskar Vansteenkiste, of Michael Hall, for his Czech translation of Good King Wenceslas.

Mr Gaisburgh-Watkyn said: "We considered it such a good and unusual piece that we would give him the recognition he deserves."

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