Students across the school engage in National Poetry Day

As part of National Poetry Day all 1100 students at The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College spent time reading and engaging in activities related to poetry.

During the week long initiative all English classes, which include students from years 7 to 11, had the opportunity to listen to John Agard, Benjamin Zephaniah and Simon Armitage reading their poetry. This inspired the students to write their own poems that ranged from humorous to deeply moving.

This year National Poetry Day, a UK-wide celebration of poetry, took on Monday 4th October, with the theme of ‘Change’. The day was founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience. The day enjoys the support of the BBC, Arts Council England, the Royal Mail and leading literary and cultural organisations, alongside booksellers, publishers, libraries and schools.

Ruth Davies, Faculty Leader for English, said “We invest a lot of time and effort to ensure that our students are encouraged to engage with literacy. National Poetry Day gave us the prefect opportunity to expose our students to poetry, and we were very impressed by their creativity.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “The English Faculty have created a lovely display in our school’s reception area which showcases the poems written by our students. This work is displayed so our visitors can read and enjoy our students’ creativity, which I am very impressed with.”