This year’s Poetry Competition produced another evening of superb performances from our finalists. Three pupils were selected from each class (which was hard enough!) and then we were thrilled to welcome Alexia Glassbrook, Head of English at Culford School, who had the unenviable role of adjudicator.
From Transition the winner was Caris for her wonderful reading of ‘A Pound of Jelly Babies’ by Colin McNaughton of which, Ms Glasswell said she articulated well as there were some challenging words through out. In Form IV first prize went to Imogen for her convincing characterisation as well as variety of expression and tone in her reading of ‘Too Clever by Half’ by Gervais Phinn. Form V was won by Elizabeth for her ‘confident use of pace and volume to convey comedy in her reading of ‘Mafia Cats’ by Roger McGough. Form VI saw Charlie triumph with his confident reading of ‘Beat! Beat! Drums! by Walt Whitman. Form VII was a difficult class to judge but Olivia’s reading of Brian’s Picnic won the judge over with her lovely characterisation and the range of emotions she brought to the piece. And finally, Form VIII was won by Ciara for her Witches Chant from Macbeth which was ‘wonderfully witchy’ and dramatic and actually quite scary!