Stockport Grammar Junior School held the final of their second annual poetry competition this morning, with representatives from reception through to year six reciting their favourite poems from memory in front of a packed assembly hall.
First to impress judge, Senior School head of first year Mrs Helen Lawson, were the reception classes who performed We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, but Alexander Foster’s recital of Tickle My Nose beat off strong competition from Bethia Hall, Megan Phillips and Jessica Palfreyman to claim the infants prize.
AA Milne’s Market Square helped Lydia Johnson take the lower juniors prize for her confident delivery of such a long poem, with Emma Scorah, Alex Hammond Turner, Heather Ward, Beatrice Bullough and Christopher Hague all coming close in what was a very hard round to choose a winner from.
Isobel Croft, Kitty Taylor, Lukas Amstutz, Lois Betts and Ben Jones all read brilliantly in the upper Juniors category, but the morning’s last performance, Nathan Kingsley’s animated recital of Dad’s Exploding Underpants, proved to be the winner.
After the competition, Mrs Lawson said:
As ever, I was very impressed by the ability, confidence and courage of the finalists – they all did incredibly well to stand up in front of their peers and recite their chosen poems so convincingly.
It was very hard to choose overall winners – I would have liked to award the first reception class who performed a special prize, because although Alexander was a well-deserved winner in the infant category for his clear, well-paced and charming recital, the reception children were excellent and brought back fond memories for all the adults in the hall!