Poetry By Heart Competition at Lister Community School 27 February 2020
RE: Poetry by Heart
This year, Lister Community School will be hosting a local heat in the national poetry recital competition, Poetry by Heart.
We believe young people can benefit from the opportunity to engage with both poetry and the element of performance and public speaking. We very much welcome this chance to extend the opportunity to other young people from schools in Newham. We would therefore like to invite you to enter 2 students from your school to participate in the competition which will be hosted at Lister Community School on Thursday 27th February 2020 . Further information about the competition day will be provided once schools have confirmed their participation.
The competition will require students to memorise and perform two poems from the ‘Poetry by Heart’ website (http://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/), one from before 1914 and one from after. We have also put together an anthology of some of our favourite poems which you are welcome to use at your schools (included in this pack).
The competition will be held after school and performances will be assessed by a panel of judges, including representatives from ‘Poetry by Heart.’ The winning entries from the competition will be recorded and entered into the national competition, giving students the opportunity to perform in the grand finals. The PBH website provides further information in case you wish to hold a preliminary heat within your school.
Places will be limited for the local heat, so please let us know as soon as possible, and at the latest by Friday 24th January. At this stage you simply need to to advise us of whether you will be participating; the names of the students and their chosen poems should be supplied by the Thursday 20th February . The event is being coordinated by Natasha Sivadasan (firstname.lastname@example.org), our Scholars and Challenge Coordinator, so if this is something that you would be interested in or if you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact Natasha.
All Move secondary schools project
Overview for schools
Mencap are enormously proud to have been named the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year. This is an incredible opportunity for us to kick-start a movement of change and take a huge step towards greater inclusion for people with a learning disability.
Our vision is to mobilise people with a learning disability, our supporters, partners and the general public so that people with a learning disability are more visible and included in their communities.
Through this partnership, we will be using sport and physical activity to bring young people of all backgrounds and abilities together. In partnership with schools across the country we will deliver All Move, an inclusive project for children with and without a learning disability, aged 11-16. The project will bring together young people of all abilities on an equal level, to learn new skills and try out different physical activities as a team.
The project will kick off in September 2019 across England and Wales, and we hope you would like to get a piece of the action!
All Move – At a glance
What is All Move: An inclusive sports challenge for young people aged 11–16 with and without learning disabilities to learn new skills and try out different physical activities as a team.
Why All Move: Mencap are the official charity partner of the Virgin Money London Marathon 2020 and our partnership is all about breaking down barriers through sport and physical activity. We know that face to face contact and working together towards a common goal promotes positive attitudes and reduces stigma.
How does it work: In recognition of the marathon, the challenge is 26 hours long – a virtual marathon! Inclusive teams decide how they want to complete the 26 hours over the school year and which sports and physical activities they will do. They will get a medal when they reach the finish line.
What support do we get: There is £3,000 funding per site (one school or a pair of schools working in partnership) and additional practical support from Mencap with project set up and delivery.
See the attachments for more information