This week we have been celebrating National Poetry Day here at Ormiston Horizon Academy.
National Poetry Day is an annual mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical; this year it takes place on Thursday 4th October. It is an initiative of the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates excellence in poetry and widens its audience. We bring together leading poetry, literacy and literary organisations around a shared purpose: promoting the enjoyment, discovery and sharing of poetry. This year’s theme for NPD is ‘Change’.
To promote this wonderful literary event, we have undertaken the following initiatives: Personal tutors delivered a PowerPoint during personal tutor time raising awareness about the event; Steve Tasane, renowned poet, came in to deliver poetry workshops to various KS3 and KS4 groups on the day; the English department delivered poetry lessons analysing the theme of ‘change’ in Elizabeth Browning’s poem, ‘Change Upon Change’ and Mr Jones, in DT, made NPD stickers for the students. We are also running a library competition this month whereby students write poems focused on the theme of ‘change’; entries must be handed in to Mrs Porter-Nash (in ILC1) by Friday 18th October – the winning entrant will receive a £10 Intu voucher, some sweet treats and comedic poetry anthology. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable week for the students and staff here at OHA; keep calm and enjoy poetry!’