NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION WINNERS
Two students from Upper Batley High School impressed the judges in a recent poetry competition to gain second and third prizes. Learners had to write on the difficult subject of ‘genocide’ and display all their poetic skills and understanding of the topic.
Organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, the competition was designed to do two things: highlight the continuing examples of cruelty between nations and also to give learners an opportunity to express their reaction through the medium of poetry.
At UBHS, learners all study poetry for GCSE English Literature and the exam anthology includes war poetry, so for the older year groups there were some great models to inspire them: poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage and Ted Hughes to name a few.
English Teacher and Literacy Co-ordinator Mr Toole who helped run the competition said “Our young poets proved equal to the task, with a Year 11 and a Year 10 learner each producing a dramatic and moving poem. They won certificates and book tokens and these have been presented to them in school. And the moral is twofold: boys can write poetry and you don’t win unless you’re in.