Our youngest Seniors proudly presented personal pieces to captivated classmates as part of their studies on poetry.
Shell students have been exploring a range of poetic genres, from traditional form to modern day. They were challenged to write and perform a solo, drawing on the techniques of Slam poetry, which is designed to trigger emotional responses from a live audience.
The 11-12 year-olds were given free rein on content and were tasked with researching background music to complement the message of their prose, as well as demonstrating language techniques, such as alliteration, rhyme and rhythm, rhyme scheme, inference, puns and metaphors.
Themes included the first day at school, sporting events and extreme weather and the authors were encouraged to elicit cheers, laughs, or gasps, depending on the topic.
English teacher, Mrs Emma Butler, was so impressed with the Shells’ work, she invited Headmaster, Mr Paul Savage, to be part of the audience in one of the recital sessions, and critique students’ creative concepts.
Mrs Butler said: “The work produced was quite simply incredible.
“I have been blown away by the quality and standard of our Shell classes’ work – some have shown real incite, some have been funny, others have been moving, while some have been motivational.
“Individually these pieces all stand out and are testament to the hard work, dedication and academic ability of every child involved, collectively they are a fantastic showcase of the amazing literature our students are producing.”