Bow School

Success In Tower Hamlets Poetry Event


Over the course of this term we were visited by a poet called Joshua Idehen, who worked with a number of pupils from Years 7, 8 & 9 on performance poetry - also called ‘slam poetry’.

After the workshop, seven pupils were selected to enter the Tower Hamlets SLAM showcase: one group and one solo poem. The selected pupils worked hard to produce poetry of such sophistication and maturity it belied their young ages. After lots of rehearsals in between exam revision, it was time for the competition!

On Thursday 4th July we made our way to sunny Soho. After one last run through in the park to an audience of pigeons and lunching city workers, we went into the impressive Soho Theatre. We found out we were going last, which gave us some pressure, but allowed us to see what the other schools had come up with.

The other schools were very impressive with their poems, all based around the theme of ‘identity.’

Finally it was Bow’s turn to take to the stage – any going-on-last nerves soon dissipated and they put on a spellbinding performance that was worthy of the headline slot. Both the group and solo piece received rapturous applause from the assembled audience.

The judges took their time deliberating who to offer awards to in various categories.

After seeing other schools deservedly take home ‘best line’ and ’best performance’, we wondered what award we would get. Eventually, there was only one award left, and Bow School was named:

 ‘Best Overall Award’

for the Tower Hamlets SLAM Showcase 2019

The pupils had done fantastically well and represented the talent and creativity of the school brilliantly.

The pupils involved were: 

Yusuf Jama
Yahya Alam
Yvonne Brennan
Hetal Vijan
Aidan Bicer
Nawaar Wright

Sincere congratulations to all students who took part on such a fabulous achievement!

Mr Smallwood

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