HCS staff inspire young people for National Poetry Day
In order to celebrate National Poetry Day on the 3rd October, Hull Collegiate students and staff went one step further by holding their own poetry week. Throughout their tutor sessions, students completed a range of ‘poetry-based’ challenges ranging from quizzes and creative writing opportunities, to in-depth discussions about the impact poetry has on the local economy and the differences between slam poetry and rap. A special mention must go to 8Webb who scored 100% on the poetry quiz and 7Taylor who created a beautiful poem about the realities of love. Considering that these groups were competing against older peers, these are certainly achievements to be proud of. The English Department and Library Service also organised a whole-school poetry competition based on the theme of ‘New Beginnings’: the winning entry will win a £50 Theatre Voucher.
The Senior Teaching Team immersed themselves into the week’s celebrations: poems were displayed outside classroom doors and teachers took moments out of their lessons to reminisce, read and discuss their favourite poems.
Poetry is stereotypically stigmatised and overlooked by young people. However, it has been a true privilege to witness Collegians of all ages show an enthused and impassioned interest throughout the week. The Library and English Team are continuing to receive numerous pieces from newly inspired writers which are all a pleasure to read.