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Breathtaking Poetry Perfection

SDPS Fantabulous Poetry  Celebrations


What a thrilling afternoon we had on Thursday, celebrating National Poetry Day. Year 1 set a very high standard with their recital of Pirate Pete, opening the event with a very high score. Each class performed their poem brilliantly-we were enthralled with the dramatic interpretations of every performance. Overall, Year 6 won the prize of a free trip to the Laing Art Gallery for an art workshop but it was by the skin of their teeth-only one point in it.


The Ivan Jones Amazing Poem award was won by Francesca in Year 6 with her interpretation of "A Better World" but, as Ivan commented, there were many wonderful entries so the choice of winner was a difficult one. Thank you to "Bark and Read" for donating the book prizes for the winner from each class:

  • Yr 2-Edie
  • Yr 3-Isabelle
  • Yr 4-Lola
  • Yr 5-Joe


The afternoon concluded with the individual finalists. A fantastic effort by all concerned but Frances from Yr 5 blew them all out of the water with her rendition of "The Highwayman", enhanced by 1920s cinema style piano playing to add to the tension and drama. We were on the edge of our seats with hearts thumping by the time she played the last note. Her mum told me that she'd taught herself to play from Youtube and had rehearsed every night. This represents all we stand for-determination and aspiration.


Thank you to Gil and Nicky from Bark and Read for judging, along with Trudy, our representative from the School Council. A special thanks also goes out to Mr Howe for organising the event.



Also on Thursday, our teams went into action with the A team winning  5-3 against St. Pauls, Ryhope. Goal scorers-Konstandinos (2), Joseph (2) and Bruce (1) The B team gained invaluable experience in a tournament playing the A teams of other schools. They drew two matches and lost two but their trainers are delighted with their performance. We must thank Mr. Traves and Mr. Ashton for organising the event and giving up their own time to train teams.


A RIDICULOUSLY EXCITING POBBLE LAUNCH DAY-took place last Monday in Key Stage 2. A Pobble trainer, Mrs Johnson, spent the whole day in school, inspiring to children to spend a full day writing their historical story, training children to be Pobble Ambassadors then staff to upload work onto the Pobble website. If you have a child in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 he/she will have a sign-in code so you can take a look at their work and perhaps tweet it out for the world to read!