8 February 2021

Satips Handwriting Competition deadline now July 1st, 2021

The deadline for the popular Satips National Handwriting Competition is now July 1st, 2021, to allow as many schools to enter as wish to.

The competition is open to all Prep, Junior and Primary Schools, with the winning school receiving the Nexus Shield, sponsored by the school stationery group. Individual winners and runners up also receive appropriate prizes and all entrants receive a certificate.

The report of the 2020 competition by our chief judge, Amanda McLeod, is published in the Autumn 2020 edition of Prep School Magazine, available online, and contains excellent advice for teachers.

We send out full information on how to enter to schools, but please do not hesitate to contact Paul Jackson, Director of Education on education@satips.org for more information.

Entries close on July  1st 2021 and successful schools will be notified by 5pm on Monday 9th August 2021


A top quality pen and a certificate will be awarded to first and second place in each age group.

All entrants will receive a certificate for taking part (sent electronically to the named teacher.)

The staff winner will also receive a prize.

There are five entry classes:

              Class A (6 years and under)

              Class B (7–8 years)

              Class C (9–10 years)

              Class D (11–13 years)

              Class E (Staff Prize – open to all school staff)

Poem Selection

Here are this year’s poem selection for the various classes:-

CLASS A (6 yrs and under)

Humpty Dumpty … in Space by Iain Bland

Humpty Dumpty packed up his case

Humpty Dumpty flew off to space

The Kings men called Humpty for all they were worth

But Humpty just wouldnt

Come back down to Earth!

CLASS B (7-8 yrs)

A child is like a butterfly in the wind by Unknown Author

A child is like a butterfly in the wind.

Some can fly higher than others;

But each one flies the best it can.

Why compare one against the other?

Each one is different.

Each one is special.

Each one is beautiful.

Class C (9-10 YEARS)

It is not growing like a tree by Ben Jonson

It is not growing like a tree

In bulk doth make Man better be;

Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,

To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere:

A lily of a day

Is fairer far in May,

Although it fall and die that night—

It was the plant and flower of light.

In small proportions we just beauties see;

And in short measures life may perfect be.

CLASS D (11-13 yrs)

Sirs a Secret Agent by Tony Langham

Sirs a secret agent

Hes licensed to thrill

At Double-Oh Sevening

Hes got bags of skill.

Hes tall and handsome

With a muscular frame

Teachings his profession

But Dangers his game!

Hes cool and hes calm

When he makes a decision

Hes a pilot, sky-diver

And can teach long-division.

No missions too big

No missions too small

School-children, mad scientists

He takes care of them all.

He sorts out the villains

The spies and the crooks

Then comes back to school

And marks all our books


Dear Mr Examiner by Gareth Owen

Thank you so much for your questions

Ive read them most carefully through

But there isnt a single one of them

That I know the answer to.

Ive written my name as instructed

Put the year, the month and the day

But after Id finished doing that

I had nothing further to say.

So I thought Id write you a letter

Fairly informally

About what I can see from my desk here

And what its like to be me.

Mandy has written ten pages

But its probably frightful guff

And Angela Smythe is copying

The answers off her cuff.

Miss Quinlan is marking our homework

The clock keeps ticking away

I suppose to anyone outside

Its just another day.

I thought your questions were lovely

Ive only myself to blame

But couldnt you give me some marks

For writing the date and my name.