Over the past few years, the English department has experimented with variations of a poetry recital competition at the of the Spring term – and I think this year we have finally cracked it!
Emily Saddler, the second in the department, came up with a fantastic new spoken word poetry unit which culminated in the Year 9 students writing, learning and performing their own poems or raps.
We heard passionate and eloquent creative responses to contemporary themes, ranging from the situation in North Korea to Donald Trump and foxhunting.
The students really made their work their own and all the performances felt all the more powerful and urgent because of it.
In addition to this, Rebecca Watkins, an English and drama teacher and the driving force behind our contribution to the Shakespeare for Schools Festival, directed some dramatic scenes from Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
These were performed by Years 7 and 8 students with commitment and focus – and it was clear to me that we have some real dramatic talent rising through the Leckford ranks!
We were also treated to an interlude from the dance club who performed two pieces with great control and confidence.
It was so good to see virtually all the students in Key stage three take on a role (in some cases multiple roles!) in this showcase.
It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of one’s peers and I was really impressed with the seamless and confident way that the event ran, due to the students themselves.
Well done to all!
Head of English 7-11