On Friday 27th January Elstree hosted their annual Declamations final. It was a pleasure to have the finalists perform in person to a packed-out McMullen Hall following the last few editions being restricted. The audience commented on the joy that was to be found in the vigour and enthusiasm on display from all the pupils. Several members of the audience, along with Mr Inglis, commented on the particularly high standard with a real variety of literature on display. Though a competition, this was a real celebration of the spoken word.
I would like to thank all the pupils and the teachers of English for their efforts. The school were lucky enough to have Mr John Carroll from Marlborough College to adjudicate. Thank you to him too. Congratulations to all the fantastic finalists.
1st Harry M – ‘The Dentist and the Crocodile’ By Roald Dahl
2nd Charlie A W – ‘The Day I Got My Finger Stuck up My Nose’ by Brian Patten
3rd Honour Y – ‘Mother Doesn’t Want a Dog’ by Judith Viorst
1st Leonardo R – ‘The Lord of the Forest’ by Caroline Pitcher
2nd Florence A – ‘To A Butterfly’, by William Wordsworth
3rd Thomas B – ‘The Lion and Albert’, by Marriott Edgar
1st Kitty B – ‘The World Was Wide Enough’ from ‘Hamilton’
2nd Arthur W – ‘An English Schoolboy in the Land of the Rising Sun’ by Arthur Ward
3rd Koichi S – ‘Journey to the Dreamland’ by Koichi Sakamoto
What did the pupils think?