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'Slam Jam' is Back!

Savannah gives us the latest on CfBT's annual poetry writing competition.

It’s that time of year again, when students rack their brains and bring out the poet inside. Students from Years 7, 8 and 9 will be creating a magnificent poem or monologue to enter in the famous Slam Jam competition. One participant from each year will be chosen to perform their piece in front of three judges and a live audience. Their piece must last for two and a half to three minutes and should be performed without a script. Students can work on their own, or in groups of up to four.

The process is exciting yet nerve-racking; the piece can differ in subject, from emotions to animals. Gen, an ex Slam Jam semi-finalist, says, “It was really scary, but really fun at the same time!”

The English Department is allowing students to write and rehearse their entries in lessons, linking the topic to what they have been studying this Module. The theme for Year 8's Slam Jam is Conflict as they have been studying war poetry. Students and teachers have already started preparing their pieces, and we caught up with Maddy Jackson, a pupil who has just started looking at Slam Jam in her English lessons: “We have been looking at war poems and famous poems which we could interpret in our own way; we all have good ideas and I am looking forward to writing my own!”

Pupils will have up until Christmas to finish preparing for the competition and a winner from each class will be chosen. These performers will be trained during after school workshops until they are the very best they can be, and will eventually perform in front of their year group in an assembly.   A vote will then be cast by the audience and one lucky performer will win. This person will represent the school in a performance at the local Drill Hall and will be judged by a panel and a live audience.

More will be revealed at the next stage!

Savannah, Year 8