National Poetry Day

10 November 2022

OHS marked National Poetry Day with a celebration of our own talented poets. 

During our school assembly, a team of senior girls in Years 11-13 hosted the event and celebrated their residential visit to the Arvon Foundation creative writing course last July. We have 16 OHS Arvon poets, all from Years 11-13. The pupils read from their work crafted and produced during their trip last summer. 

The residential trip to the Arvon Foundation is a truly special week filled with the experience of reading and writing poetry under the guidance of specialist tutors and fellow poets, Frances Leviston and Paul Batchelor. The foundation is located in the Shropshire countryside surrounding The Hurst, an Arvon foundation centre that once belonged to playwright John Osborne. The beautiful surroundings and change of scenery certainly provided plenty of inspiration and opportunities for our students to learn, create and reflect alongside their peers and teachers. It was lovely for the whole school to enjoy their crafted pieces. 

We followed the poetry theme and inspirational Arvon poets by launching our annual ‘Poet in the Hat’ competition; the theme this year is ‘Earth’. We look forward to reading the entries.



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