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National Poetry Day at Hesketh House

Thursday, 02 October 2014

Junior Girls’ School pupils at Hesketh House celebrated National Poetry Day, focusing on the theme of ‘Remember’.

Year 6 pupils acted as Performance Poets during the morning break and lunch time, reciting poems on the theme to the younger pupils and inviting them to join in! It was a joyful experience and the sounds of recitation filled the sunny playground throughout the day.

At a celebration assembly, the Year 6 girls recited Hilaire Belloc’s classic poem ‘Tarantella’ to the rest of the school. Before reciting the poem, Mrs Worsley explained the poem’s story so that everyone could appreciate its meaning. The title refers to an energetic dance, and the dance derives its name from the poisonous tarantula. During the assembly, pupils watched a video of the Tarantella dance and joined in by clapping and moving to the music.

Year 5 pupil Ananya Anjit, who is a keen writer of poetry, told the school during assembly about her love of poetry and where she gets her inspiration.  Ananya recited two of her own poems, and her work was heralded a success by girls and teachers alike.

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Year 6 girls recited poetry

Year 6 girls recited poetry

The younger girls applaud while the performers take a bow

The younger girls applaud while the performers take a bow

Three of the Performance Poets

Three of the Performance Poets