Following two incredible workshops with poet Tim King, five finalists took part in the TWMAT Inter-School Poetry Slam at St James School.
Each of the finalists had to write and perform an original piece of poetry in front of an audience of students, parents, teachers and judges: a daunting task for anyone.
All of the finalists were exceptional and shone through the competition. The final was split into five rounds with the winning poet from each heat going through to a final round.
Heat 1 – Mckenzie Ricketts: A highly-original, cleverly worded poem about realising your own potential. Score 144/160, second in heat and joint-second highest score of the competition.
Heat 2 – Aava Jeffery: A polished performance of her poem about choosing happiness. Score of 144/160, first in heat. Aava went on to come second in the competition.
Heat 3 – Isabel Calamus: A powerful poem and performance about the damaging effects of body image in a modern society. Isabel scored 135/160 and won her heat and came forth in the Slam overall.
Heat 4 – Lily Holt: A beautiful, thought-provoking poem about mental health and seeking support. Score of 119/169 and third in a very close round.
Heat 5 – Coral Discombe: A heartfelt poem and performance about female rights in a modern society. Score of 134/160 and second place in her heat.
As a reflection of how well we did, Cranbrook scored the highest scores in the whole Poetry Slam and some of them have been offered a paid place in an upcoming Poetry Slam.
Needless to say, I was extremely proud of all of the students who took part in the competition, including everyone who was involved in the workshops. The standard of work was brilliant and showcased some real talent. Watch this space for another poetry competition coming soon.
Diane Brown – Head of English