Learners shine in World Poetry Competition


Two sets of winners have been congratulated for wowing judges to take first prize in the annual Coleg y Cymoedd Athena Learning Centre World Poetry Competition.

The students on the Learning for Life and Leisure course submitted their poem based on the theme of Love. The poem was constructed using ideas from the whole group that they gathered as part of a wider Hobby Skills Art and Design Project. The project was on the elements of the world, the 5th element being love, and inspired the learners for the poetry competition.

The winners included Axl Fisher, Luke Morris, Rhys Evans, Sam Thomas, Vaughan Cook, Sarah Greenslade and Rhiannon Morris. The learners were congratulated by staff and fellow students and each received a prize.

Also congratulated was winner of the Adult learner category John Wood, Learning Support assistant at the Ystrad Mynach campus, for this thoughtful poem ‘Educating Peter’ (below).

Athena Learning Centre Coordinator Pauline Thomas said: “We are extremely proud of both John and the learners for both taking part and winning the competition. They really enjoyed the whole experience and the poetry they produced was lovely”.


Love by Axl Fisher, Luke Morris, Rhys Evans, Sam Thomas, Vaughan Cook, Sarah Greenslade, Rhiannon Morris

Love is passion

A special connection between 2 beings.

Love inspires compassion,

Love is unique, all encompassing, the strongest thing in the universe; stronger than the atom; more powerful than the gods.

Love is the creation of this Earth.

Love is a link in the chain of Life that can never be broken.



Educating Peter by John Wood

Read to me

from one book on the shelf

but teach me to read

and I can read them all for myself.


Write to me

asking justice for all

but teach me to write

and I can answer your call.


Sing to me

of peace, lasting and true

but teach me to sing

and I can sing it with you.


Dance for me

with your arms open wide

but teach me to dance

and I can be there at your side.


So do all of this

and live happy and free

but show me the way

and you will teach me.

Learners shine in World Poetry Competition



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