The annual Year 7 'Poetry by Heart' House event produced its usual blend of sharp recitals, fiercely contested rivalries, excellent audience encouragement and, ultimately, a close outcome. Samlesbury prevailed as overall victors, though Rufford only just managed to clinch second position by a single point from Gawthorpe following all 12 finalists' performances to the three judges: Mr. Maund, Mr. Hayden and Mrs. Lucking.
Assessed for voice, performance, understanding and accuracy, the three representatives from each House gave stirring and well-considered renditions of a varied assortment of verse, ranging from Roald Dahl's humorous 'The Pig', to Tennyson's mysterious 'The Lady of Shalott', with barely a stumble or slip of the tongue to be noted.
Congratulations to all for a wonderful and entertaining event.
1st Arnav Raut (Samlesbury)
2nd (joint) Eloise Bosworth (Rufford) & Zara Beverley (Gawthorpe)
3rd Lucy Proctor (Gawthorpe)
Head of English