St Augustine’s Poetry by Heart finals took place last Friday, 22nd January in the Main Hall. We were delighted to welcome published poet Josephine Corcoran, and welcome back Mrs Yvonne Lever, who joined our very own Head 0f Drama, Miss Hooper on our panel of judges.
Students who wished to participate were required to learn – by heart – two poems, one from the pre-1914 selection, and one from the post-1914 selection. All students had to perform in front of their classes in order to be considered for the finals, and we were fortunate to have eighteen finalists on the day.
The competition was tough, and, in front of an expectant Year 10 crowd, the competitors conquered their nerves to deliver a range of poems with their own thoughtful, perceptive and dramatic interpretations.
The judges were finding that choosing a winner was challenging, but after a gruelling hour and a half, during which it became abundantly clear that everyone who took part had won by merely conquering their fears, three students were adjudged to be outstanding.
Megan Marszal and Jessica Knollys were both highly recommended, but Clover Kayne won the overall competition, with two heart-rending performances of ‘Envy’ and ‘Dusting the Phone’. She will now go on to represent the school at the regional finals in Bath on Monday, February 22nd.