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National Poetry Day Celebrations 3 October 2019

National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry taking place every October. Each year there is a different theme and in 2019 the theme was Truth. This year was also the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day. At Elgin Academy, we were BUZZING about poetry all week and especially during National Poetry Day.

There were Poems on Doors throughout the school, for everyone to stop, read and to enjoy.

Pupils in class 1.7 shared their own poems in the library, listened to poems from our selection of books and watched National Poetry Day Ambassador Michael Rosen read his poem Newcomers. Blair Mitchell in S1 read his poem about his true love of football and was genuinely surprised at the reaction: “Even my mum said it was good”. It was a cracker, Blair!

Class 1.3 participated in Two Truths and a Lie Challenge with Mrs Toonen and class teacher Mrs Bodiam.

Our Library Poetry Picnic was a huge amount of fun. Poems, hot chocolate, giggles and a competition all added up to a good time. Kate McLuckie in S1 won the tongue twister competition. Her prize: a lie detector 😂.

Our Staff Poetry Competition attracted lots of entries and generated a lot of interest from all in school. Who were the poets? Our judges ā€“ the Advanced Higher English class ā€“ had difficult and delightful task of choosing this year’s winner in the Staff Poetry Competition. They said the standard was so high and they were so impressed with the poems. Second prize was Mr MacWhirter with The truth about Jack. Third place went to Mr Clark with his poem called ?.

Huge congratulations to a very surprised winner of our 2019 Staff Poetry Competition, Mrs Stewart with My Everyday Truth. Three of the judges, Megan, Esme & Branford – from the Advanced Higher English class – presented the prize & gave their comments.

We had a Fabulous National Poetry Day!