Po­etic pupils to rep­re­sent city

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­david­sey­mour

PO­ETIC Peter­bor­ough pupils will pit their wits against the best the East of Eng­land has to of­fer as part of a na­tional po­etry com­pe­ti­tion.

The Voy­ager Academy, in Mountsteven Av­enue, Wal­ton, has been se­lected for a place in the re­gional final of Shake the Dust, a na­tional cel­e­bra­tion of the power of spo­ken word in ed­u­ca­tion, in light of its com­mit­ment to the arts.

Year eight pupils Ad­doina Peters, Char­lotte Bag­ga­ley, Toni Jones, Haarisah Ameensa, Ge­orgina Perry, Amy Lewis, Tyler Purdy and Ge­n­e­sia Lessey will travel to Nor­wich on Fri­day, May 25, to rep­re­sent Peter­bor­ough in the event.

The team, along with four other schools in the East­ern re­gion, will take part in a so-called “po­etry slam”, a com­pe­ti­tion where par­tic­i­pants per­form po­ems that are then given a score by judges.

The high­est scor­ing team will go on to rep­re­sent the re­gion at the na­tional Shake the Dust week­end at London’s South­bank Cen­tre in July.

The cam­paign aims to help young­sters de­velop their creativ­ity, self­ex­pres­sion and con­fi­dence through po­etry and spo­ken word.

Louise Hill, head of com­mu­nity arts and ex­tended schools at The Voy­ager Academy, said: “It is a tes­ta­ment to the ethos of the academy that our pupils will be rep­re­sent­ing Peter­bor­ough in the re­gional final of Shake the Dust.

“As a me­dia arts spe­cial­ist school, we are proud to see our pupils per­form at the re­gional final and hope they can make it through to the na­tional final in the sum­mer.

“The pupils have all worked very hard and they should be proud of their achieve­ments.”

As part of their prepa­ra­tions for the com­pe­ti­tion, the academy’s pupils were given a les­son in per­for­mance po­etry by Mark Grist, for­mer Poet Lau­re­ate of Peter­bor­ough, Chief Bard of the Fens and Ed­in­burgh Fringe slam cham­pion.

If suc­cess­ful, the young­sters from the academy would com­pete against eight other teams of young po­ets from across the coun­try in the na­tional final, in what or­gan­is­ers have de­scribed as “an un­par­al­leled cel­e­bra­tion of young peo­ple’s voices and the power of spo­ken word”.

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