National Poetry Day was marked across the school, from Prep to Sixth Form.
Girls at the Prep enjoyed a lunchtime poetry recital in the Outdoor Classroom. Members of our fabulous Poetry Slam Club took to the Festival Stage to recite the poems they have been working on over the past few weeks. It was wonderful to hear their words fill the playground and inspire girls from across the school. In Library Club girls from across the school also came together to find their favourite poems from our anthology collections.
At Senior School teachers and students shared poems they love. There were old favourites that every generation knows and holds dear, including Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” and Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” . We were introduced to many poems and poets new to us all. Of these, the very best was Year 10 Emily Coulson’s powerful poem:
Billions of years I’ve been stood here watching.
The changes are all too clear,
But the humans are too wound up in their fear
To admit that their world is being destroyed
Due to their actions
And so are they.
Ignorance is bliss,
If only they could open their eyes
Sea levels are rising.
Climate change prising
Their life out of their hands.
They continue burning fossil fuels,
Riding in cars and buses and planes.
It’s almost as if they are trying to destroy their own world.
It’s all so painful to see.
I wish I could show
But I am just a star
Gazing upon them and their world.