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The Academy was flooded with poetry last week in honour of National Poetry Day, which this year celebrated its 25th anniversary.  The school library hosted both a poetry competition and the Scholastic Book Fair throughout the week.

On the day itself, pupils and staff both read poems at our annual special lunchtime poetry celebration.  The poems they read were all linked to this year’s theme of ‘truth’.

Staff readers included:

  • Mrs H Woods (School Principal)
  • Dr S Springer (Teacher of Mathematics)
  • Miss E McAtamney (School Librarian)
  • Mr J Hawkey (Teaching Assistant)
  • Mr W Spence (Head of English)
  • Dr O Mort (Teacher of English)

We received many wonderful entries to the school poetry competition. A special thank you to Miss J Herron from the English Department for her help with judging the competition.

A huge well done goes out to our four winners:

  • Scarlett Platt Bell (winner)
  • Holly Strutt (runner-up)
  • Bryn Mawhinney (runner-up)
  • Laura Smyth  (runner-up)

Our winner was awarded with a £10 voucher to spend at our Scholastic Book Fair, with all three runners-up awarded a £5 voucher.

Cross curricular collaboration played a big part in the day – from Mr Jamison from the Biology Department hosting the event, to the librarian writing a special drama in celebration of National Poetry Day and acting alongside pupils.  Having Mathematics and Biology teachers take part in the lunchtime celebration proved that creativity is as much a part of STEM subjects as it is the Arts!

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