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This year’s National Poetry Day was on 28th September.  A great opportunity to celebrate poetry within the school and to explore this years theme: ‘Freedom’.  Celebrating National Poetry Day, the school library hosted a whole school poetry competition.  The theme of ‘freedom’ sparked innovation and, at times, philosophical ideas within pupils.  The poems were uplifting, thoughtful, challenging and entertaining, and we are immensely proud of the pupils’ efforts and delighted with all the entries which are currently on display in the school library.

The library proudly hosted a special lunchtime celebration on National Poetry Day.  Pupils from all year groups gathered to listen to staff and pupils recite poetry on the theme of ‘freedom’.  This special lunchtime event celebrated everybody sharing poetry, reading poetry, writing poetry, enjoying poetry and living poetry.  The audience was treated to a wonderful selection of poems on the theme of ‘freedom’ including “No rack can torture me”, by Emily Dickinson, “High Flight” by John Gillespie Magee, Jr and Dr. Springer treated the audience to some lines from the book “Oh, the places you’ll go!” by children’s author Dr Seuss.




Winners of the poetry competition also had the opportunity to read their poems aloud.  Congratulations to MVI pupil, Aaron Maguire, who won 1st place and was awarded a £10 voucher to spend at the Scholastic Book Fair.  Congratulations, too, to our three runners up:

  • 2nd place- Abdullah Sabri (MVI)
  • 3rd place- Eva Clarke (Form III)
  • 4th place- Shannon McBride (Form III)

who each were awarded with a £5 voucher to spend at the Scholastic Book Fair.  And, finally, congratulations to Daisie Donaldson from Form 1 on being specially commended for her outstanding poem.

A group of talented junior pupils also performed a short drama on the theme of ‘freedom’.  The drama, directed by Miss McLarnon was the culmination of a lot of hard work and numerous rehearsals.  Thanks go to all pupils and staff who made the National Poetry Day celebration a great success.

The school library greatly looks forward to celebrating National Poetry Day again on Thursday 4th October 2018!

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