Multi-lingual pupils express themselves through poetry
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