Huge creative talent on show in Poetry by Heart school heat
By Kavya Sharma, Senior Marketing Prefect
The week of 27th February saw eight students from Year 10 to Year 12 compete in the school round of the nationwide Poetry by Heart competition, with the hope to reach the national stage later this year.
Poetry By Heart is a nationwide competition for students in Years 10 to 13 in schools and colleges with the aim to not only encourage the recitation of poems by heart, but to inspire young people to get into poetry and develop a passion.
Students Sophie Davies, Lottie Ludlow, Giulia Toccaceli, Holly Taylor, Madeline Harlow, Lizzie Baldwin, Gwennan Williams and Lavinia Champion all performed two poems – a pre-1914 and post-1914 poem – to show their diversity and commitment with the aim to portray their connection with the texts in order to impress the judges. The judges, a panel of various members of staff, had the task of scoring each performer on their voice, understanding of the text and their accuracy in their capability to recite “by Heart.”
Towards the end of the week, the winner, Year 10 student Gwennan Williams, was announced. Gwennan performed “O” by Mary Sidney Herbert (1595) and “Ballad of the Bread Man” by Charles Causley (1968) and we wish her the very best of luck in the regional stages and look forward to cheering her on.