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On Thursday 4th October, the Academy celebrated National Poetry Day 2018.  All pupils were invited to submit a poem on the ‘change’, which was this years theme.  Pupils responded enthusiastically to the poetry competition and worked exceptionally hard on their entries.


National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems.  It was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart and has engaged millions of people reading, writing and listening to poetry.

Congratulations to Jack Green, LVI, on becoming the winner of the annual school poetry competition.  Jack received a £10 voucher to spend at the Scholastic Book Fair.  Three runners-up were each awarded with a £5 voucher to spend at the Fair.  Well done to Holly Strutt, Form III, and Grace Rea and Gopi Murugaperumal from Form II.  A particularly high volume of entries had been submitted to the poetry competition. Judges were so impressed by the standard of work that certificates of commendation were also awarded to some of the entrants.  We are extremely proud of the enthusiasm and hard work from our pupils.  A great effort throughout the entire school has been witnessed this year. Thank you to everyone who supported our poetry celebration.

The school library hosted its annual National Poetry Day celebration during lunch.  This saw teachers and pupils both read poetry aloud to a packed audience.  Our competition winners all read their poems aloud at the event.  A wonderful pupil drama on the theme of ‘change’ also took place.

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