Pupils in the Junior School held the final of their third annual poetry competition last week, with boys and girls from reception through to year six reciting their favourite poems in front of a packed hall of children.
The exciting atmosphere in the hall was added to by the infants who were dressed as their favourite book characters as part of the school’s book week.
First up to impress judge Mrs Helen Lawson, the head of first year in the Senior School, were the Reception classes with their entertaining group recitals of I Had a Little Turtle and Our Bog Baby.
For the infant prize, Kate Horsley beat off strong competition from George Brown, Scarlett Sim and Annabel Mobberley for her confident delivery of such a long poem, while Daniel Grant’s dramatic performance took the lower Junior prize of a signed Gervase Phinn book. Kia Gerami, Charlie Hallows and Isabelle Barratt should also be congratulated for confidently delivering their poems too.
The upper Junior round proved to be the most difficult to choose a winner from. Hannah Nolan took home the first prize, but Jenson Cullen’s moving recital of a poem about the death of an airman ended the competition on a reflective note, with Lauren Suddards, Christopher Hague, Lukas Amstrutz and Nathan Eckersley all coming close too.
Speaking after the competition, Mrs Lawson said:
The standard achieved by all the competitors was excellent and choosing a winner was particularly difficult this year.
Although he didn’t win his category, I have to offer special congratulations to Jensen for his moving recital of a poem about the death of an airman. He spoke the words with real passion and showed everyone the power of poetry.
I’m already looking forward to next year!