National Poetry Day at Greenfaulds

To celebrate National Poetry Day last Thursday (4th October) we invited a group of six teachers to the LRC to read their favourite poems. Around 40 kids came along from across the school and were welcomed with cakes and snacks prepared by Mrs Mullaney and myself.

The winner was Mr A McDonald, with Dear Friends, We Surely All Agree, by the one and only Roald Dahl.  Thanks to all the speakers and pupils, of course, who voted!

With the support of the Literacy Committee, I managed to propose a number of other LRC/departmental activities that would be undertaken to celebrate and promote the event, using the theme of “stars”. A few departments were involved.

For s1,I selected some poems including Escape at Bedtime by R. L Stevenson and Stars and Planets by Norman McCaig for the pupils of Ms Armstrong’s Art class to illustrate. Ms K Armstrong and I were delighted with the results. Mod Languages teacher Miss Deans had s4 pupils translate, in Spanish, the poem Riding a Rainbow by Ken Nesbitt.

I’m not finished yet! At the moment Ms Russell’s s4 English class and I are doing some poetry analysis including  some of the Star themed poems from the  Scottish Poetry Library’s collection. They are working on some attractive displays to go with it. Later, we’ll come on to a research/information literacy unit on the Hubble Telescope!  It’s all go at Greenfaulds!

Photos to follow (tomorrow – left camera in fleece).

They dreamed no dreams

as the stars kept their endless watch

Iain Crichton Smith

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