St Edward’s Senior & Sixth Form pupils truly embraced the spirit of National Poetry Day this year, taking any opportunity they could to present some of their favourite poetry, along with creating some original poems of their own.

The day started with a special assembly, where four brave students performed in front of the whole school. Three of them recited John Agard’s ‘Checking Out Me History’ and one Year 13 student perfectly performed the tongue-twisting ‘Paper People’ by Harry Baker.

The morning of poetry continued with Year 7s taking part in some ‘blackout poetry’, where a page is torn out of a book and words are strategically erased to leave the remaining words to form a creative and spontaneous poem.

The afternoon saw Poetry Slams take place for Years 10 and 11 individually, and a whole school competition at lunchtime. Pupils were tasked with performing pieces of poetry individually or in pairs, impressing the judges with their recitation abilities and commitment to learning the poetry.

It was a great day of all things poetry, with staff members also getting up and taking part in the Poetry Slam with Mr Strachan performing ‘Network South East’ by John Cooper Clarke.