De Aston students to perform in the West End for World Poetry Day

Tom, Iris and Abigail

Four students from De Aston School have been selected to perform their poems in a London West End Theatre to celebrate World Poetry Day.

Abigail Mansfield, Iris Merrifield and Thomas Brack from Year 9, along with Sixth Form student and Head Girl Chloe Chuck, were entered into the ‘I Know, I Wish, I Will’ competition by English teacher Miss Peacock.

Their poems, on the theme of how we can change our worlds, were selected from thousands of entries from around the world to be included in a 25 hour spoken word poetry marathon to celebrate World Poetry Day.  

The students will travel to London on Friday 20th March to take part in the national event with schools from across the country and to perform their poems live on stage. Their work will also be published in the ‘I Know, I Wish, I Will’ souvenir book.


De Aston School English teacher Miss Peacock is proud of their achievement:

“Abigail, Iris, Thomas and Chloe have done fantastically well to be selected for the event, which acknowledges their terrific poetry writing.

“We are very proud of them and are sure they will do a brilliant job performing their poetry on stage in London.”

The ‘I Know, I Wish, I Will’ competition is endorsed by UNESCO UK, who said:

“The project embodies many of the values and ideals of UNESCO, providing young people with an opportunity to access a sometimes less well represented aspect of culture.

“It encourages them to express themselves when their voices might otherwise not be heard.” 

The English department at De Aston School offers a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities, giving students the chance to develop their creative talents. Find out more about English at De Aston on our website.

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