National Poetry Day 2020: Vision!

This year, National Poetry Day was certainly a bit different from previous instalments of the event. In a normal year, the school theatre would be packed with poet-performers, judges and punters keen to hear the competitors recite. This year, by contrast, the whole event had to take place online.


All students in the senior school were invited to record themselves performing a poem on this year's theme: VISION! Members of the English Department and 6th Form students then judged the entrants to select our winners. There was a strong field, with a number of students writing their own poems, and some designing beautifully-crafted animations to enhance their multi-media entries.

In the end, the two stand-out performers were students from Form 5 and Form 3, both of whom wrote and then performed their own poems. Aya's is a deeply psychological piece in which the speaker has a vision of a better world, whereas Apple's poem offers a metaphorical vision of the contemporary political environment.

Our two runners-up were were able to bring great meaning to the poems they had selected to read, thanks to their thought-provoking visual presentation and the dramatic tones of their delivery.

All entrants were awarded commendations, and the winners will be presented with book prizes later in the term.

Congratulations to all who took part!

Please enjoy watching the winners' videos, and look out for the special entry from our resident P.E. Poet, Mr Vanderhayden, who, as in previous years, was inspired to contribute his own vision of hope for a brighter world.