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2024 Year 4 Third Prize
Matchstick Girls by Amaiyah

They were poorly paid
In every way.
No breaks, no play.

In 1888, Annie Besant
Wanted to help them
By perfecting their day.

They walked outside
And went on strike.
No more phossy jaw.

Their pay increased
By degrees, yay!

Yay, happy days.
Annie Besant saved the day.

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5th July 2024 saw the 136th anniversary of the Matchgirls Strike. To mark the occasion, The Matchgirls Memorial took part in the William Patten Primary School morning assembly.
Prizes were presented to the winners of this years school poetry competition. Our judges this year were Tanya Landman, Author, Debbie Rolls, Educator, Freelance Writer and Unionist, and Dr Anna Robinson, Senior Lecturer at the University of East London (UEL) and Poet.
Amaiyah won First Prize in the Year 4 category with the poem, 'Matchstick Girls'.

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