On a rainy evening on Tuesday 25th February parents and students from across primary and secondary stages of the Horncastle Education Trust gathered to listen to some poetry.
The students had spent weeks learning two poems, one written before 1914 and one during or after 1914, and had already competed in their schools’ individual heats of the competition. On Tuesday, the sixth form centre was brought to life with the words of William Wordsworth, Wendy Cope, Walter de la Mare and Rachel Rooney to name but a few. There were three students from Key Stage two and four students from Key Stage Three completing individual recitations, with three group performances from students in Year 7. The students looked nervous but sounded confident when reciting their poems. The evening was compèred by Katherine from Year 11 and judged by Miss Hobbs and Mrs Tempest, all of whom were incredibly impressed by the standard of performance and the effort the students had put in to learning their poems and honing their performances.
After some very close results, the winner from Key Stage Two was announced as Harriet Cooper and the Key Stage Three winner is Emma Pearson. Both girls’ performances will now be submitted for judging by the Poetry by Heart competition judges to be considered for a place in the national finals.