On Tuesday 25th March, our Poetry Slam Team “Rap-etition”, made up of 6 year 8 students attended the “Cheltenham Schools’ Poetry Festival” Poetry Slam at Cheltenham Town Hall to compete against six other Gloucestershire schools.
Our winning team: Rap-etition L-R: Callum Conner, Charlie Hanier-Northcott, Alfie Williams, Melissa Whitehouse, Ellie Martin and Briony Southwood.
On Tuesday 25th March, our Poetry Slam Team “Rap-etition”, made up of 6 year 8 students: Callum Conner, Alfie Williams, Charlie Hanier-Northcott, Ellie Martin, Briony Southwood and Melissa Whitehouse, attended the “Cheltenham Schools’ Poetry Festival” Poetry Slam at Cheltenham Town Hall to compete against six other Gloucestershire schools. Despite initial nerves and the fact that they were the first group on stage, our students gave a performance that was both thought provoking and well delivered. The poem explored the harm that we all cause to our environment. The poem was written by the students themselves and they all worked extremely hard to prepare their performance and ensure that it was polished and entertaining for the audience.
The students were well supported by family and friends and were a credit to the staff involved, proving themselves excellent ambassadors for Severn Vale. We were all impressed by the mature attitude they showed towards other competitors and the way they conducted themselves throughout.
This year we were delighted to be placed first, winning a trophy. This was a marvellous achievement and thanks must go to Miss Hemmings and Mr Wynn for giving up their time to support and coach the group. Slam poetry is all about taking part and enjoying the event and the talent displayed by all the students was awesome; everyone left feeling good about their performances.
The team will be awarded with a special governors’ praise panel early next term.
Spoz used some different approaches to poetry in our “Slam” workshop to build poems. Using word bursts, imagery and rhyming couplets, he gave students the confidence to create their unique work and take part in this event.
Thanks to everyone who supported the students and a big well done to our winning team!