Students from Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy scooped top prizes in a Holocaust poem and poster competition.

Derby City Council asked students at city schools to enter a competition to write a poem or design a poster to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27th 2016.

Matthew David, 14, came first and Catherine Joao, 12, finished in second place in the poster competition in the 11 to 16 age category.

In the same age category in the poem competition, Mary Melindo, 13, finished in top spot while second prize went to Stefan Coyne, 13. Caitlin Ault, 14, was also commended in this category.

The theme of the competition was ‘Don’t Stand By’ and students were asked by History teacher Adam Tomlinson to submit an entry as part of their homework.

Mary’s poem:

It is not crime to watch things by

But is it crime to watch things die

A heart, passion, communities

As the faint hearted we are to see


Do we stand by and plainly watch 

The scene unfold before our eyes

Or do we stand to fight for our thoughts

For rights we know were right from the start


Do we abandon?

Do we escape?

Do we stand up for our faith?

Or do we care to help those in difficulty

To help those in times of need


So listen carefully and listen now

Open your eyes to the world around

To open your heart in those in difficulty

To help those who are in times of need