For those who followed our Creative Writing Challenges over the summer, you may have noticed the very impressive descriptive writing of one pupil who wowed us every time. We would like to give a special mention to Alicia in Year 6 at St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School, Homerton for taking part in all three challenges and writing so beautifully each time.
Alicia will soon be continuing to take part in the Apollo schools’ programme along with the rest of her year group, who didn’t get to finish the programme in Year 5 due to the pandemic. We look forward to seeing all our budding writers and poets when we return to schools soon!
Here is Alicia’s response to Sean Shibe’s performance of Bach’s Sarabande in E minor, for our Creative Writing Challenge #3:
A tale of many emotions
As my cunning ears sensed this solemn, and tragic piece , my senses were set alight as I pictured myself in a dark setting and as I looked up I saw the pitch black, long, endless sky crying, letting out perpetual rain and the cacophony was shocking . I felt like I was not alone and imagined multiple figures approaching.
As I delved deeper into the music my blood froze and the hairs on my back rose and I was too scared to move an inch but in my minds eye I saw familiar faces like my family through the sounds. I imagined myself plunging into my dads arms and kissing my mum gently on her cheek.
On the other hand, It also made me picture myself crying bitterly and as I imagined a gush of tears running down my face, I realised how this powerful piece has awoken so many emotions in me.
Alicia, Age 10, St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School
We are delighted to have recently received funding from the Allan Charitable Trust and The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation. The funds will go towards our 2020-21 schools’ programme, enabling more children to benefit from our work. We are very grateful to both organisations for their support.
Once again we were overwhelmed by the amazing responses to the music, and we were delighted to have so many submissions from our partner schools. Here is a selection of highlights, below the video prompt of the Kanneh-Mason trio performing Deep River.
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This dreamy and beautiful music makes me feel a flower of emotions. It begins with a sweet and dainty tone and then widens to more of a groovy, soul sound. It is engaging and comforting as the music begins with a timid piece to a wonderful broad sound. It makes me feel luxurious and joyful and once I heard it its reminded me of the two dogs from “The Lady and the Tramp”. It makes me feel comfortable as if I am walking through a solitary street. There is no sound to be heard apart from the delicate music; begging you to lay down you head and rest.
Words and picture by Dilan (10), Year 5, Muswell Hill Primary School
When your day gets hard,
Don’t get all jarred,
When you feel sad,
Don’t get MAD,
When you are struggling,
Don’t go troubling
Listen to the music,
With all your heart,
Maybe look at some art and then…
You go into a new world,
See the lush berries on the trees,
As you go across the calm seas.
Your palms brushing against the water out of the side of your boat,
As the fishes swim and float,
You have calmed yourself.
Eleanor (9), Year 4, Ambler Primary School
Immediately, as I heard this emotional, sorrowful piece , it brought me back to a place I would never forget, a place where I cried profusely till there was no more tears. This was when my grandpa sadly died and I sobbed heavily as I looked at his lifeless, stiff body. My tears were uncontrollable as they still are today. It was like a million shards of morbid darkness piercing my heart, bringing over a pang of flooding darkness which consumed the love and happiness in my heart turning them into copies of hate, regret and sorrow.
As I listened a little more intently it reminded me about a point in my life where I thought there would be no end of my torment. The sad piece reminded me of when my mum was ill and I had no hope and when I felt like I was being eaten inside by my growing feeling of sadness. When the pitch of the music was ascending and became high I remembered those times I regained confidence and I found my feet, the time when happiness and joy captivated my body shutting out the darkness as if it was filling me with new life, refreshing my souI. A time when I reassured my family that she was a fighter and will get through this and she did.
Overall, this wonderful and amazing piece made me think deeply about how even through hard times you must confidently persevere and believe that after all strife there will be peace and a touch of calmness. Finally, the piece encourages resilience as the key to overcoming every barrier and adversity.
Alicia (10), Year 5, St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School
By Chelsea (7), Year 2, Ambler Primary School
A vase of flowers
In the summer swept wind
As the sky glows
As the river flows
To the waterfall stream
The nature is pulled away to a screen
As all of the animals come out and yawn
Rosa (6), Year 1, Ambler Primary School
By Sonny (7), Year 2, Ambler Primary School
It makes me feel splendid with joy and miserable at the same time but not that sad.
It makes me imagine sweet and calm things, for example peaceful and kinda sad stuff but I’m still bright and I’m ok.
Normally it takes me to a quiet place where everything is created with happiness.
Loda (8), Year 3, Devonshire Hill Primary School
Deep Deep Down
You will find a fish with a frown
Swimming and looking for a family she owns
Years and years went by still looking for a family she owns. Tears falling apart and one day she will be crashing and crashing until the end. One dark night she saw a huge and huge never ending fish with white sharp teeth looking for something to eat.
But then she saw something on his back, it looked like a birth mark the same she had, so it must, must be her brother.
Abir (10), Year 5, Carlton Primary School
Poem by Joseph (7), Year 2, Ambler Primary School
My birthday is over
Nothing more to unwrap
I get put to bed
For a long night’s nap
I shift and move
Why do days like these end?
If only I could have
This one again.
And then I see it
At the end of my bed.
One BIG panting present:
With a tail, some legs,
AND A BIG FLUFFY HEAD!
Poem and picture by Wilf (8), Year 3, Ambler Primary School