Poetry Day 2018
I heard nothing but lovely things about the twelve class recitals earlier in the week, so congratulations and thank you to all of you who rose to the challenge to learn a poem at home and perform it to your classmates. (And a special mention for 3CS, who brought a smile to Miss Silver's face with an impromptu poetry session on the coach ride to swimming this week!)
All this culminated in our third 'Off By Heart' grand final in the big hall yesterday afternoon, which was a joy from start to finish. As the audience came in, they were treated to a film of 3CS performing the poem 'Le retour du printemps' in French - the result of weeks of hard work in their subject specialism sessions with Mademoiselle Wilson - closely followed by the Reception classes' charming live recital of Edward Lear's 'There Was An Old Man With A Beard' limerick. And we were off!
From Year 1 to Year 6, our twelve solo performers wowed us with their self-assured and original interpretations of a range of poems, from Tony Mitton's 'Plum' to Holly McNish's 'British National Breakfast'. Congratulations to all twelve of you for making it to the grand final - and to our overall KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2 champions.
Huge thanks, as always, to our esteemed panel of judges (professional actor and Hillcrest alumnus Alice Lamb, Casting Director Greg Kyle, and all round champion of the arts Zoe Sharples), who had nothing but positive things to say about the experience. Each performer was awarded a special 'Finalist' certificate and received individual feedback from a member of the judging panel.
I'd also like to acknowledge the warm and receptive attitude of the rest of the children, who sat beautifully throughout and engaged so positively with all the performances.
Thanks, too, to: Mr Laken and Mrs Hendy for putting up the stage; to Mrs Loader for setting up the mikes and overseeing the soundcheck; to Mrs Fleming for capturing all the performances on camera; and to my slick tech team, Mr McIntyre and Mrs Cooke.
And, finally, thank you to all the parents and carers who got behind this lovely annual event by encouraging and supporting their child at home in the build-up to their class recital.
Check out our finalists in action, and receiving their certificates and feedback, below.