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National Poetry Day 16

For the third year, the school held it's annual Poetry Recital Competition. Children from Reception to Year 6 were given a poem by a British poet to learn, heats were held in each class then the finalists performed in front of the whole school, proud parents and a panel of judges. This year the judging panel was: Miss Purdy (Headteacher), Mr Howe (Deputy Headteacher), Laura from Casa Performing Arts and Jamie (School Councillor)representing the voice of the child.


Every performer impressed the judges as it is not easy to show confidence and expression when you are shaking with nerves. Congratulations to all the performers. For the third year running, but only by 2 points, Sarah won the shield. In second place was Lucy and Lily came third. Charlotte was the winner from Key Stage 1 and Anya gave a very confident and dramatic performance to win the reception class award.


Also at the event, we announced that the winning poem for the Ivan Jones Amazing Poem Award was by Rosie Ralli who wrote about her dad. Here is her entry:


On my 8th birthday I got a present,

It was my glorious DAD!

He knocked at our door, a kiss and a hug,

the best dream I ever had.

It's very hard when dad lives in Greece,

as I see him once in a while.

I talk to him, and play with him,

I adore his cheesy smile.


Greece is my home, the country I love,

the place where I was born,

It hurts so much for me to see,

My mum and dad so torn.

The worst thing is, dad has to leave, this day I feel so sad,

oceans apart, the tears I shed, just to say " I miss you dad"...x



Thankfully, Rosie's dad was in the audience with mum so had a very proud moment when Rosie received the trophy.


Joint runner up was Martha, who wrote a gorgeous poem about her sister. Ivan also commended Doll Doll by Olivia, My Trip to Blackpool by Ruby, Singing Machine by Dylan, Reuben by Ben, Our New Puppy by Isobel, Trampoline by Eve, Walking Without Crutches by Lucy, and The Best Gift by Nikolaos.

Poetry Day Winners