Greenfield Community College, Sunnydale Campus were thrilled to host the return of ‘Poetry by Heart’ on Thursday 2nd February 2018.
The evening was part of a national initiative encouraging young people across the country to discover the joy of learning and reciting poems. The event was, yet again, a huge success. The hall was full to capacity with students, parents, staff and local dignitaries, including the Mayor of Shildon and the Reverend David Tomlinson in attendance. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed an evening of entertainment which included poetry recitals interspersed with a selection of stand-out singing perfomances. The event was introduced, arranged and concluded by students ranging from Year 7 to Year 11 and show-cased the exceptional talent within the local area.
Students performed a range of poems, inspired by poignant themes from ‘Love and Relationships’ to ‘War and Humanity’. This included original poems written by the students themselves and some excellent recitals of more established works.
Greenfield Community College are committed to developing skills in ways that will improve techniques and at the same time inspire a love of learning. The competition helps students understand more about the sounds of poetry as part of its meaning but also for pleasure and the opportunity to perform and bring pleasure to others.
The students involved were a credit to the school and performed with passion and enthusiasm. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Yr 10 student Leah Mundy sang a heart-wrenching version of Faith Hill’s ‘There You’ll Be’ and the audience were left in awe as student Robert Beeston performed, in character, the 56 lines of ‘My Last Duchess’, he was dramatic, ruthless and massively entertaining.
Well done to everyone involved in ‘Poetry by Heart’ it was a fabulous experience for all.