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On Wednesday 22 January, the finals of the annual Junior House Poetry Competition took place in the Chapel. The visiting judge for this event was Christopher Bryant, Head of English at Thomas’s Clapham, who was impressed by the pupils’ engagement with the poetry and how they brought Shakespeare’s words ‘to life’.
This event is always hotly contested, both among the individual pupils and among the houses. Initial heats took place during the English lessons, after which nine Fourth Form and nine Lower Fifth pupils were selected, one to represent each house. In the finals, each of the 18 pupils then had to recite one of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches or sonnets to their year groups.
The contest was a close one, with notable performances by Oliver Gordon for his rendition of ‘Puck’ (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Charlotte Corbett for her recital of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 12, performances that earned them places as runners up in the Fourth and Lower Fifth Forms respectively. The Fourth Form winner was Imogen King (Gloucester House), with her carefully prepared recital of ‘To be or not to be’ (Hamlet), while the Lower Fifth winner was Jack Maison-Hayman (Churchill House), who delivered the speech ‘Once more unto the breach’ (Henry V) with clarity and confidence. The winning house overall was Churchill, but all those who competed deserve to be congratulated. The School would like to thank the Head of English at Thomas’s Clapham for agreeing to act as judge and offering so much encouragement to the competitors.
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