Poetry by Heart competition 2018

Poems performed with passion and poise

Forty-nine students bravely took to the stage recently to perform poems from memory. Their recitals were all very impressive so congratulations to our winners in Years 7, 8 and 9.

The students chose from a range of poems both classical and modern, which included Shakespeare sonnets, war poetry of the First World War, Homer’s Iliad and even some poems the students had written themselves. The event was part of the national Poetry by Heart festival.

A panel of three judges deliberated on the best performance for each group, and professional performance poet Dominic Berry ably introduced each performer. Dominic shared several of his own poems and answered questions from the students on his career, his inspiration and his talent for Tae Kwon Do.

Student Literacy Leaders were on hand to check accuracy and act as prompt. Lead Teacher in English Miss Atkinson said, “The competition was about much more than just remembering the words. So many of the students interpreted the poems and acted them out with imagination and confidence. The judges had a difficult job with so many high quality performances.”

Congratulations to Year 7 winner Cody White and runner up Sahl Hussain, Year 8 winner Iqra Ali and runner up Mizanur Rahman, and Year 9 winner Liviu Petrisor-Dumitru and runner up Isaac Jackson.

Cody gave a dramatic performance of Kit Wright’s The Head’s Hideout and Sahl recited from The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes.

Iqra performed Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, edging out Mizanur’s Who’s for the Game by Jessie Pope.

Remains by Simon Armitage was the most popular choice by Year 9s, chosen by both successful students.

29 January 2018

Dominic Berry introducing the first contestant

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