COBIS Poetry Competition 2016


COBIS students from around the globe picked up their pens and took on the challenge of writing, in 40 lines or less, a poem on "Journeys."

We had an overwhelming response this year, with 685 students, from 54 schools, taking part. Well done to all who entered, the judges had a fantastic time reading all your poems . The winners are listed below and their entries can be read in the fifth edition of World Student Magazine, page 64.

Category A: 10 years and under

Winner: Felix Gatty Saunt - The British School in The Netherlands, The Netherlands

Runner Up: Vlad Oancea – Campion Junior School, Greece

Category B: 11 - 14 years

Winner: Emmanuella Chukwu - Atlantic Hall, Nigeria

Runner Up: Mathula Muhundan - Doha College, Qatar

Category C: 15 - 19 years

Winner: Chloe Elliot – Dubai College, United Arab Emirates

Runner Up: Rai Saad Ullah Khan – The British School of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain


The winning entries have been published in the fifth edition of World Student magazine. World Student is a print and digital magazine aimed at students in international schools around the world – and predominantly those studying in COBIS and other British international schools. Published by John Catt Educational, with the support of COBIS, the magazine features a mixture of news and information from COBIS; articles written by students themselves; international school graduates and alumni; teachers and educators. If you have a student who would be interested in contributing to the magazine, please let us know.


COBIS would like to thank all who helped judge the poetry competition this year, including teachers at Dubai College and Prague British School – your help is invaluable and we truly appreciate the time and effort you put into marking the poems.

We would also like to thank the team at John Catt Educational and Ian Bland from Poetry for Primary School Children. Once again, the success of the COBIS Poetry Competition is dependent upon the help of external judges so we are very grateful to all involved.