Taking poetry to the next level at Treviglas

Thursday 9th February 2017

For the third year running, Treviglas hosted the ‘Poetry By Heart’ competition, to identify a winner to progress to the Cornwall heat of the prestigious national competition.

Students from all year groups were invited to learn two poems ‘by heart’ so they could recite them in front of an audience. The judges, made up of one teacher, the college librarian, and Olive Stansfield, our own winner from last year, had the hard task of deciding which students recited their poems with the most understanding and feeling.

It was a delight to announce Jack Rivers, from Year 11, as the Treviglas winner, as he recited Your Attention Please, by Peter Porter, and You Are Old, Father William by Lewis Carroll. Jack now goes forward to the Cornwall heat of the competition, where he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Sophie Howard and Olive Stansfield, who were both Treviglas winners and Cornwall winners in 2015 and 2016. If so, Jack will go to Cambridge University to compete with the other regional winners in the national final.

Mrs Sharron Lobb, English teacher at the college, commented, “It is always amazing to listen to our students reciting poetry, and tonight was no exception. Congratulations and good luck to Jack as he proceeds into the next round.”

Jack said, “I am used to learning lines in drama, but this was a new challenge. I really enjoyed the evening and am really pleased to be representing Treviglas in the next round.”

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