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2024 Year 4 Second Prize
The Match Stick Girls by Arya

In this world
Women had tiny voices, never heard.
In the Bryant and May factory,
they had to make match sticks.
Phossy jaw did not silence them,
They were fed up.
5th July 1888
They started as 200
Many followed down Bow Road
Victory was made.
No more would suffer.

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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.
Arya won Second Prize in the Year 4 category with the poem, 'Match Stick Girls'.

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