Celebrating National Poetry Day
This year’s National Poetry Day celebrates the theme of choice. At RGS, pupils are incredibly lucky to have so much choice when it comes to their learning, including subject choices through the School. They also have incredible Co-curricular opportunities on offer from which to choose.
The English Department offers Book Clubs and Literary Societies in every Year group, and this week has seen us celebrate the choices literature affords all of us.
In Year Seven, pupils played around with the word ‘choice’ and created their own acrostic poems addressing this theme. Year Eight Book Club are creating posters of favourite and inspirational quotations from or about literature. These posters will make up a display in the English Department, celebrating our love of reading.
Year Ten Book Club members are reading Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ and using this dystopian text to explore how poetry can also be a medium for dissent and rebellion, looking at some of Margaret Atwood’s poems.
In Junior LitSoc, Year Nine pupils have been exploring loss in literature and have chosen their own extracts to bring along and share. This week’s Senior LitSoc celebrated with the poetry of Robert Browning. LitSoc will also be holding an anonymous poetry competition in the coming weeks.
National Poetry Day is being marked across the School and staff have shared their favourite poems: these can be found on display in the Library and in Stephen Hall.
Mrs Laura Bond
Second i/c English Department