On March 23, to conclude its Anti-racism campaign, Fred Norman Secondary School in Ennerdale hosted its first Poetry evening. The themes for the evening were “Anti-Racism”, “A New Dawn and “Version 20.18”. Fred Norman Secondary School experienced an overwhelming response from parents and community members, who braved the weather to hear inspiring recitals from the poets and exceptional performances from musicians and singers.
Many of the poets were learners from grades eight to twelve. They were sub-divided into junior and senior poets. The audience was blown away by the mature ideas and performances presented before them.
The ideas shared by the poets reflected an understanding of society on a much more personal and deeper level. The atmosphere created by the master of ceremonies, Ms Deysel and Ms Summersgill was nothing short of spectacular. The poets promoted among many other aspects, the themes of love and acceptance of the rainbow nation.
Fred Norman Secondary School initiated the poetry club in 2017, under the leadership of the principal, Mr Davy. Junior and senior poets are given the opportunity to write and recite their own poems. This language, integrated extra-mural activity, helps many learners to actively engage with the English language and provides them with a platform to express their views, opinions and feelings regarding a particular issue through the medium of writing. Fred Norman strives to create a learning environment where the power of words is favoured over the power of socio-economic issues.
Going forward, Fred Norman Secondary would like to continue mentoring poets, hosting many other poetry evenings and seeks to compile its own Anthology of Poems.
Fred Norman would like to thank all the organisers who made this event a success.
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