On Friday, our English department held a Poetry Together virtual event with Sutton Valence Care Home. Poetry Together is a free initiative that encourages schools and care homes to connect with each other, learn a poem off by heart, and come together to recite it.
Several of our Second Form pupils joined in with the live recording, reciting a poem of their choice from memory for the members of Sutton Valence Care Home. In return, some of the residents recited their choice of poem back to our students.
The following students and residents took part in the poetry reading:
Grace Williams (Second Form) – Saw my Teacher on Saturday, Emily Mendoza
Ed Dyer (Second Form) – During Lockdown, Anon
Audrey (Sutton Valence Care Home) – Untitled, Audrey
Harry Edwards (Second Form) – Hope is the thing with feathers, Emily Dickinson
Jake Miller (Second Form) – Don’t Quit, Edgar Guest
George Slater (Second Form) – The Tyger, William Blake
Lynn (Sutton Valence Care Home) – Spellbound, Emily Bronte
Otis Meneses-Bautista (Second Form) – One tree, Anon
Chloe Balcomb (Second Form) – Best friends, Anon
Phylllis and Ruth (Sutton Valence Care Home) – Us two, A.A Milne
Seren Lloyd-Jones (Second Form) – My Dog has no manners, Bruce Lansky
Lynn (Sutton Valence Care Home) – Christmas Eve, Lynn
William Chadwick (Second Form) – Leisure, W H Davies
Joshua Slaughter (Second Form) – The Apple Tree, Anon
Sheila (Sutton Valence Care Home) – Feste’s song from Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare
What a wonderful and caring initiative this has been, thank you to Mr Lee-Browne, Mrs Rose, Mrs Gosden, Mrs Westlake and Mrs Porter for arranging this event, that will benefit so many people within our community. Thank you to Mr Devine for providing an excellent tea and thank you to all of the poetry readers involved.
You can watch the video here.