We love to celebrate the achievements of our students out of school, as well as in.
Congratulations to Year 7 student Eleanor Morse who came 2nd in the Hospice Hope Poetry competition as part of celebrations for National Poetry Day. Eleanor entered a poem “I Hope” which was judged by a panel of professional writers, authors and poets including BBC Poetry slam champs Jess Green and Ben Norris. The standard was very high and so it’s a huge accolade for Eleanor to win the runners up spot. Her poem was read out at Century Theatre on 3rd October by actors as part of National Poetry Day, and her poem was on display at Coalville Library until 31st October.
Head judge Ben Norris said :
“Above all, I love the sheer energy and unapologetic optimism of this. Another poem looking the problems that face the world today directly in the eye. Again, the optimism here isn’t complacent, but underpinned by the understanding that change does not happen in and of itself - it is us who have to bring it about. The poem is full of interesting images and phrases; I particularly like the idea of ‘perfect monarchies’, which could mean upstanding ones, or - in some people’s eyes - no monarchies at all!”
The judges were unanimous in their feeling of optimism from Eleanor’s poem. Jess Green described the poem as having “strong and detailed imagery” with judge Victoria Barton adding that the poem is “really painting a picture”.
Eleanor has won a family membership to Conkers
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