On Wednesday 24 February Lady Royd pupils took part in the school’s annual Poetry Festival.
Pupils were offered the opportunity to enter individually with their own choice of poem, as well as taking part in a whole class recital.
The competition was judged by Mrs Rimmer and Mrs Leary, who this year found the judging to be very difficult:
‘The standard of entries this year was exceptionally high and so it was an extremely tough competition to judge. All the entrants had clearly practised their poems and they showed such clarity and expression. It was a delight to listen to them all.
But we had to pick the winners, and even though often only one point separated the placings, we are happy with our final selection.’
Year 3 – the individual competition was won by Layla Shah with her recital of ‘Drip, Drip, Drip’. The judges thought she had lovely pronunciation and a very good rhythm to her recital.
Saimah Azmi received ‘Highly Commended’ for ‘I saw my teacher on a Saturday’ by Dave Crawley.
Year 4 – was won by Sara Khokhar for her clear and fluent recital of ‘The Vampire’ by Jack Prelutsky. Highly Commended was awarded to Ayaan Iqbal for ‘I bought a Maserati’ by Kenn Nesbitt.
Year 5 – Ushbah Hussain was awarded first place with her recital of ‘By the River’ by Matt Simpson after impressing the judges with her clarity, actions and expressions.
Highly Commended was awarded to Serena Ahmed, also for ‘By the River’ by Matt Simpson.
Year 6 – Aleena Khan took first place in Year 6 with her recital of ‘Let no one steal your dreams’ by Paul Cookson for impressing the judges with her clear pronunciation and ‘good emphasis’.
Halimah Sadia received a ‘Highly Commended’ for ‘Cars’ by Kenn Nesbitt.
In the Class Poem competition, 1P took first place in the Key Stage 1 category with ‘All We Need’ by Steve Turner.
In the Key Stage 2 category, it was too close to call, so both 5L and 5P were awarded joint winners – with renditions of ‘Mr Shadow’s Shoes’ by Paul Cookson and ‘Gran, Can You Rap’ by Jack Ousbey, respectively. Runners up were 3P with ‘The School Rap’ by John Foster.
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