In English lessons on Tuesday, students were celebrating World Poetry Day by crafting and performing their own compositions, in addition to testing their literary knowledge through participating in a fun poetry quiz.
Poetry is one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression of identity. Therefore this month, the English department encouraged students to read, write, speak and experience poetry through BISS Puxi’s Performance Poetry competition.
Congratulations to winners Melis, Zach, Zoe and Moneshka, who all seized the opportunity to demonstrate their creative talents and deliver both thoughtful messages and entertaining anecdotes. Serious topics dealt with the refugee experience and the silencing of female voices, whereas others adopted a lighthearted tone, using their poems to declare an undying love for bananas and to recall the mortifying memory of wearing only one shoe.
In Mrs Kanika Sharma’s Year 7 class, students composed their own short poems on the natural world, happiness and even homework. Whilst in Year 9, Ms Doshila Neergheen’s students celebrated famous poets from the Romantic era to present day, from William Blake to Carol Ann Duffy.
Finally, special mention goes to Christopher in Year 9, who used his poetry skills to make a fervent comparison between the youthful appearance of his English teacher, Ms Rachel Christian, and the aging guise of his Geography teacher, Mr Jack Armstrong (all in good fun). Year 11 students were also treated to an impromptu poetry performance courtesy of Louis Chen, who perplexed and entertained his audience in equal measure with his abstract ideas.
Well done and thanks to all students and teachers who took part.