Year 7 poetry competition winners
20 April 2021
Josh L was the winner of the Year 7 Poetry Competition with his short poem about grasping life by the hands.
The English department run an annual competition where they encourage pupils to be creative and inspired and write a poem about a subject they are passionate about, entertained by or one which intrigues them.
The poem could have been anything from a personal subject, local events to a worldwide theme – or in our runners-up case about the universe!
English teacher, Mrs Webster said: “Our poetry competition is always highly competitive, we get a lot of entries and we love the enthusiasm our pupils show for it.
“Josh’s poem won as it was a poignant poem, especially in light of the current pandemic, about grasping opportunities in life when you can and it had a nice positive message.”
Josh said: “I never expected to win. The poem took me about 40 minutes to write. English is one of my favourite subjects and I wrote about Covid as, during lockdown, we haven’t been able to do things but when we can, we should take part in everything we can.”
Daniel McC was the runner-up with his in-depth poem about planets and the threat to their existence by humans.
“I do really like exploring the universe and it’s something I know a lot about, I find it interesting," said Daniel.
Mrs Webster added: “Daniel put such a lot of effort into his poem, it was well-researched and he made sure it was factually correct.
“The message behind it is save the planets and it’s something he is obviously passionate about.”
Life is to Live by Josh
Life is to live, grasp it by your hands
Lots of lands,
Brave and optimistic
Some would say simplistic.
It could go one way or the other.
Starting with your mother,
you'll start with a guide
open world you'll go and glide
failure and success
this is what I should address.
So, what will you do?
It's up to you!
Planetary Destruction by Daniel McC
Destroying planets. What?
Seriously, who would do that?
More importantly, why would they do that?
I shall tell you...
You see, gravitational interactions between Venus and Jupiter
Have not permitted life to exist in peace
For every 405k years these planets affect the Earth’s orbit
And next time human population could decrease
So, a solution could be to destroy said planets
Or possibly go even further
And destroy all planets round our sun except our own
As a method of defence like no other
However, that idea could go horribly wrong
I can explain...
4-5 years ago, American scientists devised a plan
To bomb Mercury into splinters of rock
And construct a mirror shield around the sun
From the fragments, but there was a stumbling block
The shards would most likely fall to the sun
Though life would not be affected in the least
There would be no effects when said planet’s existence
In the expanse of space just ceased
Jupiter, however, would be challenging to destroy
There are numerous possible methods to try
But since the planet could not be ignited due to lack of oxygen
Why not blow the planet out of the night sky?
An explosion powerful enough to do this would require
Four times the mass of the moon
In nuclear bombs, and the blast itself
Would incinerate half of the Earth to ash too soon
In summary, destroying planets is unwise
We would be better off shielding the Earth
With some form of cosmic defence screen
That would be enough to allow future birth
What you can do now is not encourage global warming
And do what you can to protect the present Earth
So, until technology advances and solves this problem
You should do what you can to help now