The Sights and Sounds of Summer

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Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Over the last few weeks, we have been working with classes to produce entries for the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. From LIV to LV, we’ve seen beautiful examples of work – some experimental, some more traditional – but all that reflect a wide range of experiences and insights. Fingers crossed for everyone that entered and many thanks to the Department for their guidance and inspiration.
Click here to read more about the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.

ESU Official Oracy Affiliate

This week, we were delighted to receive recognition from the English-Speaking Union and be awarded the title of an ‘Oracy Affiliate School’. In this school year, we have entered the Public Speaking and Shakespearian Recital Competitions and are therefore allowed to use this bespoke logo on our correspondence and website. This scheme aims to raise the profile of oracy in schools, thus giving it the attention it deserves. This need – to raise the profile of oracy in schools – was a key finding of the most recent Oracy All-Parliamentary Group report, Speak for Change.
Pertinently, the very talented Amelia from UIV will be competing at The Globe as the regional finalist for the Shakespeare Recital Competition Friday 24th June. We wish her all the very best of luck and a wonderful experience, too.

‘Short Perfect Novels’

Next week, Mrs Rebekah Lord will be emailing out a refreshed SMC English Whole School Recommended Reading List to all parents. We recommend printing these off and sticking them to the fridge – prime media space – for reading inspiration over the rather long and languid summer weeks. In the meantime, here’s a selection of recommended ‘Short Perfect Novels’ taken from Louise Erdrich’s The Sentence, which was shortlisted in the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022. If any parents would like to read them over summer and join us for ‘Book Chat’ over Teams in September, please do let Mrs Rebekah Lord know on rlord@stmaryscalne.org.