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Senior Verse Speaking Competition

The annual Verse Speaking Competition was held last Saturday, November 21st, in the Brambletye Theatre. We welcomed former Headmaster Donald Fowler-Watt as our adjudicator. Donald and Sheila Fowler-Watt were instrumental in organising the building of the Theatre twenty years ago.


Mr Fowler-Watt reminded us that many professional actors first ‘cut their teeth’ on the Brambletye stage, including Benedict Cumberbatch and alternative comedian Will Adams Dale. He praised the children for the huge effort they had put into learning and performing their poems. Choices ranged from Dylan Thomas to Roald Dahl, from John Betjeman to a poem by ‘Flying Lemming’, a self-confessed ‘Adrenaline Junkie’!


The Year 6 competition was won by a pupil who performed ‘You Can’t Be That’ by Brian Patten and the Year 7 prize was won by a lively rendition of Kenn Nesbitt’s ‘I’m Practically Perfect’. The Year 8 prize was shared between two pupils, one who recited Tennyson’s ‘Charge Of The Light Brigade’ and the other ‘Hide And Seek’ by Vernon Scannell.


We are grateful to Mr and Mrs Fowler-Watt for giving up their time to visit the school and to Mr Fowler-Watt for his detailed and informative adjudication.