Mark Grist Visits and Poetry Slam Success!

The week beginning Monday 23rd September was a busy one for the English Department. On Monday, Key Stage 3 English students were treated to a visit from poet and rap battler, Mark Grist. Miss Nickson coordinated with other high schools on the island and Manx Litfest, to get this brilliant visit from Mark.

Mark performed a variety of poems for Year 8 students and detailed his reasoning for writing them. He also spent time explaining his methods of writing poetry and in particular, slam poetry. This was a brilliant session and worthwhile for students to see poetry unlike anything before. Students engaged in the performance and asked thoughtful questions of Mark.

In addition to this, Mark spent time working with 9R and helped created rap battles for their chosen ‘monster’. 9R are currently working on a Gothic genre module and looking at a variety of ‘monsters’. They were put into groups and went through various stages of writing in order to create their final battle pieces. 9R learned and recognised internal rhyme and how to use assonance in poetry. Finally, they performed these battles and rhymes with flair and confidence. A truly worthwhile workshop!

After the fantastic morning with Mark Grist, it came time to put the finishing touches on our Poetry Slam entries. Teams from Year 8 have worked hard in English lessons to create slam poems based on the UN’s Sustainable Global Development goals. Our final four teams were ready to perform at Ballakamean High School on Tuesday 24th September.

The final four were fabulous! A total credit to the school and English team. They performed with confidence and showed passion for the topics they had chosen. Orla Goddard, Daisy Goodby and Lola Gawne brought home the win for a second year running for Ramsey Grammar School. Their slam poem, ‘Life for a Girl’, tackled the topic of gender inequality with amazing maturity. Judges commented that they were a clear winner and well deserved.

This was a brilliant start of a new school year for the English Department.

Some of the work produced by the students can be found in the attachment

Year 9 work