On Tuesday evening, the final recital of the Ashcroft Poetry Competition 2017 took place in the drama studio. Student from Years 7, 8 and 9 stepped into the spotlight and performed a mixture of their favourite work by published poets and their self-penned poems in front of an audience of parents and teachers
Such was the verve for writing their own poetry we simply had to introduce a separate category for poems written by the students themselves, offering up even more house points! The winner of the ‘published’ poem category was Lois Levi for her captivating and incredibly well-rehearsed rendition of ‘Pretty’ by Katie Makkai, closely followed by Marguerite Venning’s brilliant reading of William Wordsworth’s ‘Daffodils’. In the ‘self-written’ category, Medhane Robel claimed the 100 house point winner’s prize for his touching poem, ‘How I See the World’. In second place was Anastasia Champagne for her poem ‘The Doctor’, an excellent example of sustained, sophisticated rhyme.