New poems expected in contest
Students performing their own poems, teachers reciting their favourite verse, quizzes, competitions and a poem for every lesson – The Radclyffe School celebrated National Poetry Day in style.
Students in Years 7 and 8 took the time to create their own original poems. The theme of National Poetry day this year was ‘Change’, which gave the young people lots of inspiration to work with.
Five famous poets and poems accompanied each lesson through the day, whatever the subject. Poetry by former poet laureate Ted Hughes followed a Shakespeare sonnet, a verse by Maya Angelou, another by Christina Rossetti and a poem by modern poet Imtiaz Dharker.
Lunchtime in the library saw staff reading their own choices, as well as prize winning poems from students who entered the Poetry by Heart competition last year.
A staff poetry quiz tested knowledge of poetry forms, works by Wordsworth, wartime poets and collections by William Blake. Googling the answers was strictly forbidden!
Teacher of English Deborah Atkinson said, “The activities were widely enjoyed, and the broad choice of poetry that we explored offered something for everyone. The English teachers are looking forward to reading the poems that students are writing, and judging the winners