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National Poetry Day 2020

National Poetry Day 2020
Karen Smith

Canford celebrates National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry taking place every October. Each year there is a different theme and in 2020 the theme was Vision.

Canford pupils and staff celebrated the day with ‘Pop Up Poetry’, with poems placed around the school site for all to read, and some favourites delivered to inboxes of staff and pupils. Pupils were encouraged to write their own etymology poem based on their name and create a deeper, more poetic expression of who they truly are to contribute to the peacock made from poems. Lower Sixth pupil, Rosie Parkin shared this fantastic poem titled “Grappling with a vision of the future” with us.

Richard Redwood, Head of English, was delighted with the enthusiasm for poetry across the school:

“At Canford, in honour of National Poetry Day, we had an explosion of ideas about Vision. It was a joy to see pupils buzzing with ideas about the origins of their names, their view of themselves and their collective futures. Peacock feather eyes, coloured with poetry, now adorn the walls of the Wessex block. Well done to all those who helped celebrate (and create) all things poetic.”


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