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Bishop's Stortford pupils bring poetry to life in primary schools challenge

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Bishop's Stortford primary school pupils brought poetry to life with a competition at South Mill Arts.

Children from seven schools combined verse, drama and oracy on stage.

Each primary performed three poems, with The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes performed by every school, lending their interpretation to the classic prose.

Winners Windhill21 (56337383)
Winners Windhill21 (56337383)

The four judges included the renowned Tomos Roberts, also known as Tom Foolery, whose poem The Great Realisation has been viewed over 60 million times worldwide.

Tom said he was blown away by the standard of the performances and by the commitment and dedication each child brought to the stage.

Judges chose as their winner Windhill21, whose pupils wowed the audience with their polish and passion, particularly with their moving portrayal of NHS Heroes by Matt Kelly. Manor Fields were runners-up, with the audience thoroughly enjoying their comedic rendition of Eddie and the Gerbils and Richard Whittington took third place.

Runners-up Manor Fields (56337381)
Runners-up Manor Fields (56337381)

Sarah Wood, the event organiser and deputy head at Windhill21, said: "Events such as these allow children to develop their confidence, a love for performance and an appreciation for poetry."

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