Young Croxteth poets strike gold

Pupils from Croxteth Community Primary School have ‘rapped’ up the top prize in a competition for composing rhymes.

They won an online vote in the contest organised by the City Council’s Healthy Homes team aimed at cutting down  the number of accidents affecting children in their homes.

The team commissioned Activate Theatre in Education Company to deliver an interactive performance to more than 1,500 pupils at 52 schools.

They used the information from the performances to compose a rhyme. Four schools were shortlisted for the final -Our Lady of Good Help, Wavertree: Belle Vale Community Primary School: St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School, Speke as well as Croxteth Community Primary School.

Their rhymes were recorded at Parr Street studios and the voting took place on the Radio City’s website. It attracted more than 35,000 votes – one of the highest recorded by the station – with Croxteth receiving 58% of the poll.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Erica Kemp, presented the pupils with their prizes at the Radio City Tower during Child Safety Week. They received a gold disc with their rhyme and were treated to a ride on the Liverpool Wheel.

Councillor Ann O’Byrne, cabinet member for housing, said:  “Congratulations to Croxteth and to all the pupils who took part. This competition really gets home  the safety message and shows what creative young people we have in this city.”

  • Between April 2011 and March 2012, 6,154 children attended Alder Hey Hospital with injuries caused by accidents in the home with a further 407 going to the Royal Liverpool emergency department. Primary school age children have the highest number of accidents in the home resulting from trips, falls, burns, poisoning, cuts and choking.

Pictured: The Lord Mayor with Croxteth pupils Joshua Dooley,Anthony McLean,Anika Jennings,and Remi Smart.