A talented pupil from a Bangor school has been named as a winner of the 2019 Arts & Minds competition organised by the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union.


Jessica Wymer, a Year 10 pupil at St Gerard’s School when the competition was judged, was chosen as a winner of the secondary school creative writing category.

Arts & Minds is an annual, UK-wide competition aimed at promoting race equality and diversity in schools.

Children and young people from primary, secondary and special schools are judged in two categories: art and creative writing.

Jessica’s poem “Unspoken Rules” talks of the effort a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder has to put into making conversation.

She was presented with the prize at a national awards ceremony in London last week, on Tuesday 8 October.

The judges said: “This poem tells you about a day in the life of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but that one day stands for every single day of their life. It is quite insightful and it raises awareness of autism, which is still not recognised enough.”

Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of the NASUWT, said: “Congratulations to Jessica for producing an excellent piece of poetry that shows just how deeply children and young people can understand these important issues.

“All of the entries in this competition were creative and clever, so the judges had great difficulty in choosing the winners.

“The high quality of entries is a credit to the skills and abilities of the pupils and their teachers and support staff.

“The NASUWT is proud to organise the Arts & Minds competition which is a really engaging and effective way to promote and celebrate cultural diversity.”