All students had chosen or written English language poems on the theme of 'The Earth', and the best performers from each English class now competed before a packed audience in the school gym for the title of Poetry Reading Champion in their year group.
The overall standard was very high, and it was difficult for the judging panel of Mrs Eastwood, Ms Price and Ms Mably to single out the winners in each category. In the end, however, they were particularly impressed by the quality of original compositions on show, and self-written pieces dominated in the final reckoning. No mean feat for their writers, considering that the judges had just heard poetry by such literary giants as Shakespeare, Shelley, Blake and Goethe!
The audience was also treated to memorable renditions of poems in Slovak and German. Janko Kasper recited Pstruh by Ján Stacho and Franciska Holan gave us Goethe's Ginko Biloba.
Year 7 Competition
Berke Pakbese (for his poem The Desert)
Jiwon Han (for her poem The White Land)
India King (for Just One Voice by C. Ward)
Year 8 Competition
Alexandra Wiegerova (for her poem 1,000 Oceans Wide)
Veronika Rattajova (for A Poison Tree by William Blake)
Tomas Kmotrik (for Can Earth Be Earth by Ed Hoffmeister)
Year 9 Competition
Seo Young Moon (for her poem Beautiful Earth)
Arthur Leonard (for Sonnet 69 by William Shakespeare)
Leon Zeleny (for his poem Nature)
It was an enjoyable event form start to finish. The English Faculty would like to pay tribute to the contestants, judges and all staff members who assisted at the event or helped to set it up. Thank you!