A thriving, thrilling, tranquillity
The selected few students of Alperton Community School were present in the school library at the Ealing Road Site for the two days: Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st of April 2016, missing their lessons for two days only (much to their delight). The students were picked due to their high level of attainment in English, and so are ahead of their class, meaning that the two days of their lessons that they have missed will be caught up on. This was cleverly designed by the staff of Alperton Community School, who always have the students best interests at heart.
The poems or Slams as they are called (due to the workshop being Slambassadors) are an organisation which helps the youth of England speak out, socialising, boosting their confidence and self-esteem, whilst also learning and expanding their vocabulary. This workshop is not accessed by everyone, so the students felt very privileged to be chosen and to participate in the exhilarating event:
“It’s fun, interesting and very beneficial; I get to explore my creativity to its fullest potential and free my mind from the stress of the upcoming exams. It can be seen as a holiday to a hard worker.” Detroit- Year 9 student of Alperton Community School.
This event was much anticipated. Whilst looking over and spectating the progress and the overall happenings of the workshop, I have seen that henceforth my arrival, and even before that, the class was especially quiet, working very hard and dedicating their time so that their poem could be saturated with as much time and effort they could put into it.
There have been many poems created by these pupils that are worthy of being published, of a different caliber and are in a league of their own. These pupils have shown their maturity to everyone, which is extremely evident by their masterpieces.
“Slambassadors has been great, it forces you to use lateral thinking, something which most people find difficult, and really gets you thinking. My poem was inspired by Eminem. I think that Slambassadors would be something great to put on a personal statement, and my advice to someone who wants to do Slambassadors in the future is: write about something you feel passionate about, and don’t worry if you or other people think that you don’t have the makes of a poet, or that you aren’t good enough to leap over this obstacle, because if you put your mind to something you can do it. That is one of the many things hat I have learnt from this workshop.”
In conclusion, this workshop has been a great triumph for both Alperton Community School and the participating students, and we are thankful to both Slambassadors and Joelle Taylor, a professional poet, famous due to her great Slams and her great use of language and poetry. She helped our young poets and shared some of her great intellect and her experience in both performing and writing poetry. The poets will perform in July, where a winner will be chosen.
Good luck Alperton Community School!