Celebrating Poetry at GHS

The English Department is always a remarkable place to be. Our pupils and their wildly creative imaginations often flood out of classrooms into the corridors, still talking about the ideas and dreams discovered in the lesson they just left.

Pupils display very high levels of knowledge, skills and understanding in all subjects.

ISI Report 2021

Said by the famous British-American poet, W.H. Auden, “a poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language”. The annual Poetry Festival hosted by the English Department celebrates the pupils love for language, which they demonstrate every day through their enthusiasm and willingness to participate. This year, our budding poets were given the theme of ‘celebration’, what celebration their poem would be about was up to them.

To assist our pupils in finding their poetic voice, the English Department invited Rakaya Fetuage, a renowned poet and writer to deliver a stimulating workshop to each form in Year 7, 8 and 9. From then, a creative spark had been ignited and by the time the Poetry Festival evening had arrived, over 40 pupils performed poems celebrating: happiness, friendship, love, culture, diversity and even celebrating the end of life. Surrounded by her friends, teachers and poet in residence, Sanika, the winner of the Poetry Festival, thought there was no better way to celebrate International Women’s Day!

The evening was an absolute pleasure, both for the attendees and the participants, and the school should be proud of its commendable recognition of such extraordinary talents.


To round the evening off, parents and pupils were treated to scrumptious cakes and a fantastic ‘starling celebration’ from Year 9. A huge well done to the pupils who participated and an honourable mention to the following pupils for their awards.


Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Poem Winner Millie Ward Florence Datta Lucy Hoy
Poem Runner Up Hanhan Qu Emma Burt Isabella Cartwright
Performance Winner Sophie Lebbe Lily Patel Rishona Bandi
Performance Runner Up Amelia Burt Isobel Browne Lana Dawe
Overall Winner Sanika Das


Click through the slideshow below to enjoy the winning entries.