Junior school pupils demonstrated their creative way with words as they took part in the annual poetry competition and BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words challenge.
In the poetry competition, winners from each class were chosen from heats carried out in lessons and the successful individuals from each form took part in the final at an assembly.
The standard was very high and Mrs Helen Lawson, English teacher and Head of Lower School in the senior school, had the difficult task of judging the finalists.
Mrs Lawson was full of praise for all of the finalists, but the winners were:
- Year 1 & 2: Alexander Johnson who read the poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley with a dramatic and powerful voice
- Year 3 & 4: Samarth Varma with his dramatised reading of “The Hour When Witches Fly” by John Foster
- Year 5 & 6: Nicholas Turner with his humorous rendition of “I Saw My Teacher On a Saturday” by Dave Crawley
The overall winner for the whole of the junior school was Alexander Johnson who really shone with promise for such a young pupil.
The full list of the poetry competition finalists was:
- 1S: Evangeline Cope, 1B: Alexander Johnston
- 2R: Maya Gholkar, 2W: Noah Martin-Evans
- 3H: Samarth Varma, 3K: Oscar Miller, 3LH: Connie Sibthorpe
- 4R: Finn Haisley, 4C: Emma Broadhead, 4S: Oliver Feehan
- 5W: Molly Coglan, 5M: Harry Cook, 5SM: Nicholas Turner
- 6J: Amelia Massey, 6T: Katherine Alexander, 6B: James Carr
In BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words competition there was another impressive set of entries from our pupils, both in terms of quality and quantity. Many of the children received certificates in recognition of their efforts but the category winners were:
- Year 6: Katerina Yoncheva
- Year 5: Joshua Roberts
- Year 4: Christian Woodworth
- Year 3: Harry Coles
- Infants: Maisie Holgate
The entries have now been sent to the competition organisers where they will be whittled down to the top 50. They will then be scrutinised by a team of expert judges that include Horrid Henry creator Francesca Simon, actor, comedian and author Charlie Higson and honorary judge Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall.