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Student comes first in Poetry by Heart competition

Year 8 student Lily Blair has been awarded joint 1st place in the Poetry by Heart First World War poetry recitation competition for Key Stage 3!

Lily worked incredibly hard to learn and recite Train by Helen Mackay, which meant she not only came first in the school round, but also topped the board against the best of the best nationally. The school's librarian, Mrs Seal, led the school element of the Poetry by Heart competition, which then leads to one student being put forward for the national round. Every Year 8 student had to learn a poem by heart and 21 students decided to audition. 

'The general quality of recitations was outstanding, which is such a testament to the hard work and perseverance of these courageous young people, prepared to take a poem to heart, commit to learning it and find ways to share their interpretation in a public recitation' (Poetry by Heart website).

Lily won an Anthology of Poetry and, because she came first in her category, the school has been given first refusal of the Poetry By Heart Centenary Battlefield Tour, an opportunity to take part in a special four-day tour of the battlefields. 

Between 14th and 17th October 2018 there will be a Poetry By Heart party travelling by coach to different sites on the Western Front in France and Belgium. Each participating school or college will be able to take one member of school staff and two students. Once there they will learn about key events in the place where they happened, joined by experienced battlefield tour tutors.

Well done Lily!