Multi-lin­gual pupils ex­press them­selves through po­etry

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

STU­DENTS at All Hal­lows have demon­strated their elo­quence in a mul­ti­lin­gual po­etry com­pe­ti­tion.

The pupils, who en­tered the Mother Tongue Other Tongue com­pe­ti­tion, also got to meet award win­ning boxer Amir Khan, who is en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents across the coun­try to em­brace dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

The com­pe­ti­tion was or­gan­ised by poet lau­re­ate Dame Carol Ann Duffy to pro­mote cul­tural di­ver­sity and the many dif­fer­ent lan­guages spo­ken in schools across the UK.

James Power, an English teacher at All Hal­lows who leads the cre­ative writ­ing groups and de­bate team, said: “The stu­dents have grown in con­fi­dence and shared a very im­por­tant part of their cul­ture.

“If English isn’t their mother tongue they could write in the lan­guage they speak in at home, or they could have a go at writ­ing a poem in a dif­fer­ent lan­guage.

“It’s all about help­ing stu­dents build con­fi­dence around us­ing dif­fer­ent lan­guages.”

While all the stu­dents were praised for their po­etry, it was Amy Wild, from year eight, who im­pressed the judges the most with her Ger­man poem and was pre­sented with a ‘highly com­mended’ award.

Mr Power added: “We are ex­tremely proud of all the stu­dents.

“They have shown a real tal­ent for writ­ing and the con­fi­dence that they have dis­played, writ­ing in a dif­fer­ent lan­guage, is re­ally fan­tas­tic.”

The stu­dents at All Hal­lows were joined by pri­mary school stu­dents who are also taught by the lan­guage teach­ers at All Hal­lows.

Ab­bie Hick­son, from year six at St Bene­dict’s Pri­mary School, was cho­sen as the win­ner of the North West cat­e­gory for her poem writ­ten in Span­ish.

●● Amir Khan with prize win­ner Amy Wild ac­com­pa­nied by fel­low writ­ers Meghan Scragg, Joseph France, Pa­trick Braun and Archie Bar­ton

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