National Poetry Day

28 September 2017

The students started National Poetry Day with poetry themed tutor time, reading poems and engaging in fun poetry related activities. They also had the opportunity to enter a school wide poetry competition, with separate categories and prizes for the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, respectively (and there was even a staff competition). The main event of the day was the Open Mic where students from across the school, as well as staff, were invited to come along and read either a poem they have written themselves or one by their favourite poet. 

The Headmaster made his own contribution, a German poem called Wanderers Nachtlied (Night-song of the Wayfarer) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and a poem by Clive James called Leçons de Ténèbres. 

Speaking about the event Andrew Jamison, who teaches English said, "National Poetry Day allows us to celebrate the written and the spoken word in its many forms, from Chaucer to Kate Tempest, and to acknowledge the relevance this ancient art form can have in our lives today."

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