The highlight of their academic year

As the summer draws ever closer, many of you will find your minds wandering to balmy, sunny afternoons spent ‘deckchairing’ in gardens (back, front, or beer); the chirrup of little birds singing in harmony to the sizzle of the barbeque and the tinkling of ice in your gin and tonic and the muted thwack of leather on willow followed by the polite applause from cricketers that floats gently across the airwaves through your wireless sets, our splendid scholars at Fyling Hall will be gearing themselves up for the highlight of their academic year: the Daisy Hardy poetry recital competition. 

This time-honoured tradition has seen a few changes over the last couple of seasons as Covid has necessitated a slightly different format and with the uncertainty over restrictions being lifted in time for our competition this year I have made the decision to keep ‘Daisy’ digital for 2021. You can find a link to the competition anthology here. 

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Once again, we have several categories:  

  • Years 3 and 4  
  • Years 5 and 6  
  • Years 7 and 8 
  • Year 9 and over 

All video entries must be sent to me (c.thomas@fylinghall.orgby Friday 2nd July when they will be judged by our expert panel and the winners will be unveiled on the final day of term. 

The respective poems have been selected to provide as wide a range of ability, confidence, interpretation, and content as possible although all poems for the Senior category are, as always, taken from the GCSE poetry anthology. 

Good luck!  The Daisy Hardy poetry recital competition truly will be the highlight of their academic year!

Chris Thomas, Head of English