3 October 2019

Fourteen members of staff took to the stage to read their favourite poems on the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day on 3 October.

The recital, during break on ‘The Street’, went down a storm with students. The biggest cheers were for Head of English Ms Henderson for her reading of ‘Pig’ by Roald Dahl.

Among the other poems chosen were ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost, ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare, ‘The Ant Eater’ by Roald Dahl, and ‘The Moon and the Yew Tree’ by Sylvia Plath.

Year 7 student, Molly, said: “It’s a great idea for the teachers to do this, I really enjoyed it. Ethan, also in Year 7, agreed, and said: “I really liked ‘Pig’ and ‘The Ant Eater’.

The Open Mic session was organised by Literacy Coordinator and English Teacher, Ms Ekpoffiong: “Fourteen is a pretty good turn-out - even more wanted to do it but were busy with other duties.  And it was nice to see so many of the students stop by and listen.”

The readings were part of the College’s special day of poetry events, which saw every student in the College get involved: “They’ve examined how poetry is relevant to them, and they’ve looked at poetry in the wider sense, such as songs and adverts,” said Ms Ekpoffiong.

“We’ve also put poems from other cultures on the walls so every student feels included, and these poems also help us to celebrate Black History Month.”

The full line-up of readers was:

Ms Randall: ‘The Lion’ by Roald Dahl

Mr Darch: ‘She Holds His Hand’ by JB Barrington

Mr Henley: ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost

Ms Smith: ‘The Living Dead - Planet Earth’ by Aurora Hallgrimsen

Mr Martin: ‘Invictus’ by William Ernest Henley

Ms Lewis: A poem by Emma Lou

Ms Rust: ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare

Ms Radford: ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost

Ms Lane: ‘The Moon and the Yew Tree’ by Sylvia Plath

Ms Phillips: ‘A Psalm of Life’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ms Bullard: ‘Dreams’ by Langston Hughes

Ms Henderson: ‘Pig’ by Roald Dahl

Ms Ekpoffiong: ‘The Ant Eater’ by Roald Dahl

Mr Kelly: ‘Somewhere I Have Never Travelled’ by EE Cummings