You could have heard a pin drop in the Centenary Hall as the attentive audience of pupils and parents listened to 15 superb finalists recite amusing and poignant poems.

Whatconfidence! What clarity! What expression! Well done to EVERY pupil in the school for taking part so bravely and enthusiastically; a special well done to the finalists; an extra-special mention for the winners – Annie Schmidt-Martin [Juniors], Lex Recine [Intermediates] and Izzy Walton [Seniors]. Our adjudicator, Mr David Reffell of Ellesmere School, said how very impressed he was by the standards achieved at DCPS and, by the way, how he enjoyed being with such friendly, warm and outgoing children!

Thank you, every- one.

By Mr Shelley, Head of English