Wednesday, 10 October 2018

National Poetry Day



Kate Wakeling is a poet and she studied music at Cambridge University.

‘Moon Juice’ is her first poetry collection for children and won the 2017 CLiPPA (The Award for the Best Children’s Poetry Book). It is a delightful book. Borrow it from the library today!

Award-winning poet, Kate Wakeling, visited St Joseph’s on Thursday 4th October to help us celebrate National Poetry Day. Kate spent the day touring the school sharing her poems along with tips on writing poetry with all our children. Her engaging and interactive recitals made it a very happy and memorable day for our school.


We had our own poetry competition to celebrate. Children in Years 3 to 6 wrote poetry on the National Poetry Day theme of ‘Change’. The best poem from each class was selected and we held a poetry recital assembly at the end of the day inviting Kate Wakeling to be the judge. She awarded a signed copy of ‘Moon Juice’ to the poems that came in first, second and third place.
Well done to the winners!

Take a moment to read these fabulous poems!

First place – Nina – Amethyst Class


Mum says there is climate change
The polar caps are melting
It should be getting cooler now
But it’s absolutely sweltering

Mum says we have to recycle now
To try to make a change
To try and get back to when
The weather wasn’t so strange

If only my Mum remembered
To separate all the plastic
There would be less climate change
And the World would be fantastic!

Second place – Ella-Grace – Emerald Class

Third place – Tilly – Blue Class

Congratulations to our winners!


Thank you to Kate Wakeling for such a fabulous poetry-filled day!

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