Last Saturday saw the DJC transformed into a power house of spoken word and performance as our pupils enthusiastically brought poetry to life, communicating each line, word, beat and emphasis of their poems to convey their poets message to maximum effect.

Our Head of English, Rob Whitmell, organised the competition which gripped our audience of pupils and teachers from start to finish. Here he tells us more about the competition and announces the results.

“It was an absolute joy to be able to embrace creativity once more and see the DJC alive with some performance poetry. Every child from Year 5 to Year 7 has learnt a poem by heart and has performed it in front of their class. After this, some from each class were selected for the semi-finals and then from the semi-finals five children were selected in each year group for Saturday’s grand finale. Four Year 8 children were also selected and they should be commended for learning a poem straight after Common Entrance and in the midst of rehearsing for the play!

To add even further excitement, we were delighted to be able to welcome Mr Grenier, an English teacher from Eton College, to be our esteemed guest judge. All of the students performed in an engaging way and Mr Grenier was most impressed with the high quality of performances on display. He commented on how each student respected the author’s craft and how they delivered their lines with excellent timing and tone.

The award for Year 8 went to Lara, with a well deserved honourable mention to Harry. Our Year 7 Winner and Winner of the overall competition went to Alexandra H.

Over all winner (and of Year 7): Alexandra H

Alexandra’s performance of ‘Sorry’ by Prince Ea was truly remarkable and the overall winner. Every single person in the room was hooked on her every word and it was the perfect example of how powerful poetry can be. Not only this, Alexandra was able to sign her poem as she performed. All students deserve to be commended for their performances and it was a breath of fresh air to be able to enjoy such creativity live. Very well done to all of the children who learnt a poem and performed.

If you click on the image above you can watch Alexandra’s winning performance.


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