Poetry at Clarendon College


You may remember from previous posts here and here, that I have been working with a group of talented Year 9 writers at Clarendon College, Trowbridge who wrote some terrific poems to commemorate the visit of the Olympic Torch Relay to their school.

The poems formed one part of the school’s contribution to The People’s Record, a website recording the impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on communities across the UK.

Students from Clarendon College interviewed fellow students, teachers and support staff to find out their views and feelings about the Games.  Printed copies of the interviews, along with copies of the students’ poems, have now been handed over to Wiltshire Council to be stored in the County Archive in the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre for posterity.

Today representatives from Wiltshire Council and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, along with the school’s headteacher and senior teaching staff, congratulated the students on their excellent work undertaking this challenging project and presented them with well-earned certificates.  The poems were unveiled by Councillor Macrae at a reception in the school library, where the poems will be kept on display.

What a fantastic experience it’s been to be involved in this innovative history and writing project.  My thanks to everyone involved, especially the Clarendon students.

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