Bedford High Poetry Slam 2016


PUPILS from an Astley school mastered the art of the written word and their nerves to win a poetry competition.

Nine primary schools took part in the second annual Poetry Slam for year five pupils.

Third place winners from St Thomas' Primary School hold up their third place

It saw schools compete against each other on stage in front of a packed audience at Bedford High School in Leigh.

St Stephen’s CE Primary School pupils Caitlin Greenhough, Honey Newton, Chloe Truong and Chantelle Poole were judged to have the best rhymes and style with their dance-inspired poem titled Fails Versus Achievement.

Luke Rogers from Leigh CE Primary School was the runner up with his solo effort The Boy Who Cried Guitar and Leigh’s St Thomas’ CE Primary School came third with fast-paced football poem titled FA Cup Final.

Caitlin said: “It was a been a brilliant competition. We really enjoyed putting the poem together and the performance went really well.

“We were nervous and excited. It was a great experience.”

Chloe added: “It has really made us think about poetry and we would all like to continue writing now.

“It is a wonderful way to use words.”

This year’s theme was achievement, perseverance and resilience and the competition was judged by Liverpool-based poet and musician Curtis Watt.

He said: “All that good poems need is passion and the children showed plenty of this.

“The Poetry Slam is a great way to introduce them to this art form and I think it is brilliant that Bedford High School is championing poetry in this way.”

Organised by Bedford High School’s literacy team, the event took place on June 16.

Rebecca Sargent, literacy co-ordinator at the school, said: “The Poetry Slam gives the children a chance to recite their own original works in front of an audience.

“It is also really relevant to young people because all the lyrics to their favourite songs are just poems set to music.”Winners Caitlin Greenhough, Honey Newton, Chloe Truong and Chantelle Poole celebrate their


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