Heathfield students deliver poetry in motion

Young Heathfield performers dance on the Tunbridge Wells stage
Young Heathfield performers dance on the Tunbridge Wells stage

Heathfield students have been helping local primary schoolchildren find both their feet and their voices.

Students from Heathfield Community College were judges of a primary school poetry competition and then helped youngsters put together a public performance.

Key stage two pupils from Burwash, Broad Oak, Cross-in-Hand, Dallington, Mayfield, Maynards Green, Five Ashes, Herstmonceux, Punnetts Town and Parkside schools learnt a poem by heart and performed it to classmates. Each school produced its own overall winner. These ten pupils met at Cross-in-Hand Primary School in February to perform poems to a live audience of supporters from each of their schools.

Kevin Hatchard, head of English at Heathfield Community College, selected three Year 10 students: Matthew Pickering, Charlotte Miller and Emily Bigwood, as judges - the trio had the hard task of deciding which was the best on the day.

Julie Crump, from Punnetts Town Primary School, said: “For each of the finalists this was a major event. Most were extremely nervous but all of them performed to an exceptionally high standard. The judges had a very difficult task indeed.”

After much deliberation an overall winner was picked: Luke Woods from Maynards Green CEP School was presented with the Heathfield Area Schools Partnership (HASP) shield for achievement.

The college was also involved with local schoolchildren when former student and dance specialist Abi Brockhurst helped them stage a spectacular performance at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, on Tuesday. Abi runs AB Stage School in Heathfield High Street. She visited Herstmonceux, Mayfield, Maynards Green, Parkside, Punnetts Town, Cross-in-Hand, Dallington, Five Ashes, All Saints and St Richards, Broad Oak and Burwash schools to deliver specially choreographed pieces then work with each as they learnt and practised a dance.

The evening had a circus theme with songs such as Tears of a Clown, House of Fun and Talk to the Animals. Laura King-Cox opened the show singing and playing the guitar to an audience of over 700. PE teacher and head of year Ciaran Treloar compered the evening. College GCSE dancers performed exam pieces which will be shown again on Tuesday at the college Evening of Dance. Media technician Nik Barton arranged the music while stage hands were Justine Jackson, Max Cobbold and Toni Walton. The evening was co-ordinated by Chris Vigor.