Last term the English Department was delighted to announce that Lola Thomson in Year 7 was the county runner-up in the Gloucestershire regional finals – for all of key stage 3!
We are now delighted to announce the Gloucestershire Contest County Winners as follows:
Key stage 4 – Cordelia Morland
- Poem 1: ‘Ozymandias’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1818)
Judges’ comments: Excellent clear diction and Cordelia lets the poem speak for itself.
- Poem 2: ‘Checking Out Me History’ by John Agard (2007)
Judges’ comments: Cordelia moves fluently through the more intricate details of the ‘histories’ that the poem discriminates between.
Key stage 5 – Elodie Sparrow
- Poem 1: ‘Slavery: A Poem’ by Hannah More (1788)
Judges’ comments: This is a challenging poem for today’s audiences, being cast in 18th-century conventions of vocabulary and discourse. We thought Elodie’s recitation was strong in presenting More’s argument and capturing its articulation of moral outrage, without overbalancing into the strident treatments we sometimes see. Impressively measured.
- Poem 2: ‘Two Pages’ by Choman Hardi (2004) copied below
Judges’ comments: Another challenging poem choice treating a moral and political issue. We don’t often see this fine poem recited. We noted the well-judged variation of pace and the sense of this two-stage poem’s overall trajectory.
We are so delighted for both girls who are very worthy winners indeed.