The competition is open to all students from ages 7 to 18 to write a short story (max 1000 words) or a poem entitled ‘A Long Way from Home.’ It invites students to think about what it must be like to leave your home and start a new life in a far-away land. Benest Corbett Renouf, Lawyers in Jersey, have generously sponsored the competition by providing prize money to the winners in each category £100 for 1st Prize, £30 for 2nd Prize and £20 for 3rd Prize.


The shortlist will be moderated by Jennifer Bridge, chair of the Jersey Festival of Words and judged by Sir Trevor McDonald, who himself arrived in the UK as an immigrant from Trinidad and rose up to become one of the most successful and admired personalities on television. As the voice of ITN news and chairman of the Better English Campaign, he has demonstrated his passion for language and learning.


Trevor MacDonald said “I want every young person in the country to understand that language is a source of power. To be able to speak and write good, clear English gives you a head-start in the job market. It helps you to reach your goals in other ways, too. Good communication skills are crucial to our economic success. English is the world’s major trading language. But we in Britain take it too much for granted.


The competition will be ascreen-shot-2016-10-28-at-18-39-05nnounced at the Jersey Arts Centre on 31st January to coincide with ‘Love Theatre’s’ production titled ‘A long way from Home’.


With the demolition of the Calais Camp, JCRAG has stepped up its efforts to deliver aid to the most vulnerable people who will have to continue their uncertain journeys. In the past 12 months JCRAG has collected aid and united groups of volunteers to provide donations, organising trips to deliver aid direct to Calais.


JCRAG, entirely run by volunteers, relies on support from local people, schools and businesses to continue to raise awareness and provide aid to refugees most in need in Calais. So far, as an island community, we have proved we are able to unite to provide hope, care and love by adapting and delivering aid direct to those most in need.


Competition details: Closing date 15/12/2016. KS2 (ages 7-11), KS3 (ages 11-14), KS4 (ages 14-16) and Lower and Upper 6th (ages 16-18) Max length 1000 words for stories and poems. No minimum requirement.


All applications to be sent to by 15th December 2016. Any queries please contact Email entries to: with name, school, age, year group and contact details.

Open to all students resident in Jersey and the Channel Islands. For further details contact Kat Tiefenthal

The competition will be announced at the Jersey Arts Centre on 31st January to coincide with ‘Love Theatres’ production titled ‘A long way from Home’.

Download the poster here jcrag-competition

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