The Methodist Church in Hunstanton hosted the annual Festival of Arts Bible reading competition for local schoolchildren last month.
Youngsters from Hunstanton Primary, Glebe House School, Docking Primary and Brancaster CE VA Primary competed for top honours.
In her first year as organiser Penny Tong said; “All the children have a choice of two readings that have been chosen for their age groups so the youngest have the more straightforward pieces and the text gets progressively more challenging for the older year groups.”
Once again the competition was adjudicated by retired teacher Christine Earnshaw, who encouraged the children to look up and to be mindful of pace, pitch and volume.
Years 1 and 2 tackled readings from St Mark and Daniel and Purity-Rose Ologhoejbi won first prize.
Hearing the Year 3 competitors Mrs Earnshaw said: “What a difference a year makes! I love expressive reading and in this year group there were two readers who stood out, Maccey Jezeph, from Hunstanton Primary and Eden Hewitt from Glebe House School and they take joint first place.”
Moving on to Year 4 the texts were from Luke Chapter 13 and Psalm 120 and once again there were two expressive readers sharing first place; Huwaayda Ewaggar and Asia Boswell, both from Hunstanton Primary.
On the Year 5 readings from Luke Chapter 19 and Psalm 18 David’s song of victory Mrs Earnshaw said: “Some of the readers had beautiful diction, so well done Lucy Reed from Glebe House School, Noah Fox, from Brancaster School and Michael Stafford, from Hunstanton Primary who share first.”
For Year 6, the texts were from Luke Chapter 2 and Psalm 121. Alex Caldicott, from Hunstanton Primary, took joint first place with Oliver Asman, from Hunstanton Primary and Piers Henderson, from Glebe House School.
Mrs Earnshaw said: “These readers were outstanding, reading with panache, conviction and determination.”