QEGS Blackburn, where librarian Val Dewhurst works, always celebrates NPD in style! This is what she reports from this year’s celebration:
On Thursday, 8th October the Senior School Library held a mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical – which also marked the 21st birthday of National Poetry Day.
The day began with groups from Year 7, 10 and 11 from the English Department working with our storyteller and poet for the day, Sue Allonby. Pupils in Year 11 were given the opportunity to write their own emotion and antonym diamante poems and also recite their poems using the theme of ‘light.’ Sue Allonby was absolutely thrilled by what she read and heard, saying “It was a delight working with the English groups at QEGS on National Poetry Day, I was so impressed and thrilled with the Year 11’s poems; if they can do that in 20 minutes…..” Year 7 and 8 enjoyed writing Kennings poems (riddles made up of several lines of kennings to describe something or someone – expressing one thing in terms of another) and also had fun with jumbled up poems (rearranging to improve.)
Following on from the morning session a Poetry Picnic took place during lunchtime with over forty Year 7 and 8 students attending. Tables packed with poems and anthologies not to mention cakes and treats adorned the Library annexe – with a lively buzz of poetry in the air …..including the following chosen poems being read aloud …..creating much poetic discussion:
Playing with Stars – Brian Moses
Eternity – William Blake
The Owl And The Pussycat – Edward Lear
Six Facts About Light – Rachel Rooney
Bright Spark – Michaela Morgan
I Love The Moon, But – Roger Stevens
A Light Exists In Spring – Emily Dickinson
Light-Bringer – Joseph Coelho
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night – Dylan Thomas
Head of Library, Mrs Dewhurst commented “I was very proud to see so much interest in the day especially the lunchtime session. We had great pleasure in listening to so many poems by such confident readers, a real treat for all who attended – just for the day our pupils had the opportunity to dream, speak, live, act and think like a poet. Sincere thanks must go to Sue Allonby who helped to make the day extra special, the English Department and also Mr Vyse, Mrs Fleming, Mrs Frost and Mrs Parker for all their help and support, thanks also to Mr Sutton and his catering team for the delicious picnic food provided and not forgetting all the pupils who took part in the day.”
Poetry themed bookmarks were also created in the Bookmark Club leading up to National Poetry Day and stories through poetry were shared the following day in the Telling Tales Club.
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