Celebrations for Junior School Achievements and Poetry Recitation Competition Final

A sunny afternoon was the perfect occasion for pupils in Years 3-6 to round off the week with a special Achievement Assembly that included the grand final of the Junior Poetry Recitation Competition.

Following preliminary heats and a semi-final, four finalists took part in the Poetry Recitation Competition final, each of the pupils representing their year group. The competition was won by Euan, Y5, who stormed to victory with a glorious delivery of his self-penned ADHD, The Life of Me, an insightful, lyrical and entertaining poem. The announcement of Euan as winner was made to thunderous applause and cheering by the audience comprising KS2 pupils.

The other final performances were Rohan’s (Y6) vivid and expressive recitation of Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade, Ibrahim (Y4) giving an action-packed and animated performance of Joyce Sidman’s Welcome to the Night, and Vrinda (Y3) thoroughly entertaining the audience with a hilarious recitation of David Orme’s The Teacher’s Day in Bed.

The assembly continued with congratulations to the talented Year 6 pupils who took part in the UK Maths Challenge, alongside Senior pupils from Years 7 and 8. Certificates were presented to Seraphina, Louisa and Jacob, with Jacob garnering particular praise for making it through to the next round of the competition.

Finally, Year 3’s Eric was congratulated for his fantastic achievement winning a recent open tennis tournament where he won every one of the matches in a six-round competition; his trophy was held aloft for all to cheer.

Junior School Head Marie-Clare Gilfedder Bonnar said: “It was a wonderful final of the Poetry Recitation Competition. We saw dramatic delivery, humour, rhythm and a fantastic understanding of the poems themselves. The children’s delivery demonstrated just how well they connected with the words, and lived the poems rather than simply reading the lines. Congratulations especially to Euan for writing and reciting his own poem that gave us all a powerful insight into his experience of neurodiversity, told in a relatable and extremely witty way.”

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