‘Poet for the day’ boost for school

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

LYDIATE Pri­mary and Nurs­ery school was one of 10 schools in Eng­land to be awarded a “poet for the day”.

As part of the Premier League Pri­mary Stars ini­tia­tive, the chil­dren in years 5 and 6 en­tered a po­etry com­pe­ti­tion.

The chil­dren had to write a poem on the theme of di­ver­sity.

Class teacher Michael Zaim said: “The chil­dren en­joyed dis­cussing the theme of di­ver­sity and were able to ar­tic­u­late their ideas in such a ma­ture and grown-up man­ner.

“The po­ems they pro­duced were very heart­felt and fit­ting in to­day’s so­ci­ety.”

The com­pe­ti­tion is still open and the rest of the school are busy sub­mit­ting their po­etry en­tries too.

Due to Lydiate’s early par­tic­i­pa­tion in the cam­paign, Matt Good­fel­low vis­ited on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 4.

Matt is an in­ter­na­tion­ally pub­lished poet who works closely with the Premier League.

He wowed both the ju­niors and the in­fants with the hu­mor­ous true sto­ries that in­spired him to write his po­ems.

Fol­low­ing on from this, Matt worked with Oak, Birch and Maple class chil­dren and helped in­spire them to be­come po­ets shar­ing some of his own writ­ing se­crets.

The school said that the chil­dren loved the day and Matt left ev­ery­one with a smile on their face and in­spired to fol­low in his foot­steps.

The school’s head boy said: “I love how Matt said that any­one can write po­etry and that it isn’t just for the few but for ev­ery­one.”

Matt was sup­ported by Michael King of Ever­ton in the Com­mu­nity.

Michael has worked closely with Lydiate and trained up their su­perb sports lead­ers who co­or­di­nate the lunch time ac­tiv­i­ties.

Dur­ing the day, he ran sev­eral football ses­sions for the chil­dren.

Matt Good­fel­low reads po­etry to the pupils

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