The Modern Foreign Languages Department held their annual Poetry Recitation on Monday lunchtime, with pupils from Year 7 to Year 11 taking part.

The event is a House competition, which sees pupils from each year group, prepare and recite a piece of poetry in French or in Spanish. Their readings are then graded and judged by the Languages teachers, and winners are decided based on the quality of their performance.

This year both the level of participation and standard of difficulty were very high, with 33 pupils taking part. All who participated demonstrated that they had put a great deal of effort into their preparation and it was especially rewarding to see a number of students in particular who really went the extra mile in terms of bringing their performances to life.

Some of the poems recited by the students included ‘Chant d’Automne’, ‘Chansons pour les enfants l’hiver’, ‘Rimando Ando’, ‘L’épouvantail’ and ‘¿Qué haces en tu tiempo libre?’.

After the recitals had concluding and some difficult judging, Fisher and Newman shared top spot with 8.5 points, with More finishing a close third with a respectable 5 points.

The Poetry Recitation is a great way for pupils to practise their speaking skills, increasing their confidence and their overall ability in their chosen Language.