COBIS Poetry Competition 2017

"My Country; How I See It"

The COBIS 2017 Student Poetry Competition had the theme of "My Country; How I See It".

Students were invited to write a poem on the country they identify with and their perspective on it.

Schools could submit three entries in each category so many schools ran an internal competition and submitted the winning three entries to the COBIS competition. We received 288 entries from 73 schools in total. Well done to all who entered, our judges thoroughly enjoyed reading all your excellent poems!

The winners are listed below; to read their poems, please click on their names.

Category A: 10 yrs and under

Winner: Imogen O'Connor - Jumeirah Primary School

Runner Up: Jason Oghenefejiro Egoh - Start-Rite School

Category B: 11-14 yrs

Winner: Zachary How – The British School of Brussels

Runner Up: Maia Troconis Wetter - British International School of Stockholm

Category C: 15-19 yrs

Winner: Jessica Davies - The British School of Brussels

Runner Up: Lamees Abu Saad – International Community School, Amman


The winning entries will be published in the May 2017 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 British Embassy School Ankara, Sherborne Qatar, Campion School Athens, The International School of Moscow and Jerudong International 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. 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.

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