Windows of the World

To celebrate world poetry day we at the RSA Academies would like to celebrate the amazing work going on across the RSA Family of Academies and the wider RSA organisation with spoken word. As Lemn Sissay puts it, ‘Spoken word is just the latest way to describe the oldest art form’ and here at RSA Academies we use the Power to Create to empower pupils and staff to be their most creative selves. Nearly 20 years after the inaugural UNESCO world poetry day, we would like to celebrate some budding poets from the RSA Family of Academies looking to follow in the esteemed footsteps of current RSA fellows Alice Oswald and George the Poet.

So to that end, RSA Academies has decided to run a family wide poetry competition. The brief and title of the competition is ‘Windows of the world’. This is open to pupils of all ages and will culminate with an awards ceremony which will take place on the 18th of July at the newly titled ‘RSA Academies festival of arts and creativity’! Not only that, but the winning entries will be published in a specially published RSA Academies anthology of poems, documenting the vast array of literary talent spanning all the schools from Primary to 6th Form.

So far we have received some fantastic entries, with the students taking full opportunity to express themselves through the spoken word. A common theme appears to be the uncertainty of the world they see. The pupils are keen-eyed observers of the wider world and many of them have used this competition to explore their perceptions and voice their opinions on a myriad of topics from climate change to social media. Competitions like this give students the opportunity to combine their boundless creativity with a fresh perspective. RSA Academies offers many opportunities with the purpose to empower students such as the Mental Pictures project or the social actions projects presented at the annual Takeover Day event. We need to listen to the pupils we are endeavouring to help and with that, I will leave you with some powerful advice from a Lucy, a student at Whitley Academy, who writes:

Take the world at its own pace

Don’t try to rush what shouldn’t be.

Absorb every little detail

Think: “It’s not all about me.”