A school in Northwood is celebrating after a clean sweep at a national poetry competition.
St Martin’s on Moor Park Road picked up three awards as part of the SATIPS (Support and Training in Prep, Primary and Senior Schools) event. The successful pupils won all three categories of Years 7/8, Years 5/6 and Years 3/4.
Judge and writer, David Caddy said, “Congratulations to all the students and teachers on their great work.”
In the Y8 category, David commented that Krish Dhanuka’s, Night Time Terror, was a “highly atmospheric poem. Here the reader is drawn into the world of a terrifying storm with the inanimate objects of the house bouncing around petrified.”
Special mention was also made of Y8 Dylan Bakshi’s, Creak Creak Croak, “which employed pithy and precise lines in six tercets about an old sofa,” whilst Nishan Patel’s, “beguiled us with the exploration of colour and Jenson Avery’s, “conveyed a range of sound conveying compact rhyme and metre in four tight quatrains.
The boys in the Years 5 and 6 category also distinguished themselves, with Anish Lingam and Oscar Williams reaching the longlist twice. Anish’s, Joys of Spring won the second prize, “with its seemingly effortless eight quatrains celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of spring, whilst his commemorative poem was written in “seven quatrains of rhyme and metre.” Oscar’s poem was evocative, “culminating in Demeter running to embrace Persephone.”
Krishay Vora won the Year3/4 category with Mysterious Monster, a visual poem which used, “compacted alliteration throughout the body of the monster, combined with fiery words emanating from its mouth.” Rishi G’s poem, Paint is Fun, “cast its spell by drawing the reader into its world through the sheer simplicity and accuracy of its language within the exuberant world of having fun with paint.”
When asked how he would like to spend his Amazon voucher, Krishay replied, “I’m not sure what I will get with the £25 prize, maybe a present for my parents.”
Head of English, Ms Linda Flynn said, “Congratulations to all of the boys who entered the competition. Their pleasure in writing poetry is evident.”