Poetry Aloud

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire.”

A group of pupils represented the school at ‘Poetry Aloud’, an all-Ireland poetry speaking competition. Poetry aloud 1On Thursday 22nd October, the group travelled to the National Library to partake of the initial stage of the competition.Poetry Aloud Junior Entrants 2 On the day, judges remarked on the enthusiasm and dedication of all participants, resulting in an extremely high level of competition. Our girls from St. Mary’s were a huge credit themselves and to the school. All of the girls practised relentlessly for weeks beforehand. 2015 being 150th anniversary of his birth, this year’s focus is on W.B. Yeats. Each pupil recited one prescribed poem, by Yeats, and one of her choice. Faced with the daunting task of reciting a poem by heart in front of an audience, each of the pupils took it in her stride and performed exceptionally. Only the teachers were nervous! The audience was treated to superb performances by over fifty participants. Six pupils were chosen to proceed to the Semi-Final. Poetry Aloud Semi-Finalists 2Three of our pupils will proceed to the next round: Sadhbh Neville (1M) in the Junior category, Laura Gleeson (3C) at Intermediate level and Amy O’ Hanlon (5F) at Senior level. Well done to all for their participation and enthusiasm. Poetry Aloud Senior Entrants 2Best of luck to our three semi-finalists!

Stemming out of this competition, a Poetry Club will begin after the mid-term break. See Poetry Noticeboard (outside Room 4) for details. Pupils from all year groups are welcome.

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