National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day was an exciting and enjoyable event this year, the theme was “Remember”. We started the day with a poetry quiz for Year 7,8 & 9 and it was very competitive. Our students became very excited as they were bursting with knowledge about poetic devices and it was a very close call. Congratulations to 7S, 8B and 9O and their form tutors. Well done.

Throughout Thursday morning our students were learning about Japanese poetry, Haiku. A simple three line poem which has a definite structure:

Line 1: 5Syllable

Line 2: 7Syllables

Line 3: 5 Syllables

At lunch-time the LRC was a hive of activity with our amazing English department and all our budding poets. We were all participating in a range of poetic activities and our students were very enthusiastic when applying their skills and knowledge in our Haiku competition.

The theme was “Remembering Autumn”  winning entries were as follows:

Fifth of November

Dance around the fire glow

Burning, shimmers, fade.

Mia Graham Y7


Conker, Conker on

The floor Autumn knocking on

The door, loving life.

Cara Vadgama Y8


Oh how much I love

The great season of autumn

Tell me, who wouldn’t?

Lucy O’Neill Y8

Congratulations and enjoy your prize!

Like all good celebrations, National Poetry Day continued into the evening were staff, students and visitors took part in a shared writing activity. We produced a Renga. A Renga is also a Japanese form of poetry, this is a continuous piece of writing where each stanza has the following structure:

Line 1: 5 Syllable

Line 2: 7 Syllables

Line 3: 5 Syllables

Line 4: 7 Syllables

Line 5 :7 Syllables

Staff, students and visitors were asked to write a line of poetry to remember our first autumn and the opening of our amazing new school.

At the college we had a most exciting and enjoyable celebration of National Poetry Day. We look forward to our next one, World Book Day on Thursday 5th March 2015.