‘Heroic’ afternoon for essay finalists

Last Friday, four pupils from 5W spent an afternoon at Shrewsbury School after essays they had written on the theme of ‘heroes’ and their relevance and adaptability to modern day life were shortlisted for the Sir Philip Sidney Essay Prize.

Alex L, Monty W, Phoebe W and Poppy B took part in variety of workshops and lectures organised by members of staff at Shrewsbury. The children’s English teacher, Miss Leslie, explains:

“The heroes theme was explored further at the awards ceremony, prompted by Maurice Walters’ animated retelling of the story of Oedipus, before being illustrated further by an exploration of ‘heroic’ figures from theatrical, artistic and scientific perspectives. While the girls braced themselves – pencil in hand, paper ready to sketch on – against the stench of an ox’s heart, the boys endeavoured to squeeze coloured putty into superhero moulds of their choosing. Finally, the children came together to compose a poem on the role of ‘heroic’ female individuals throughout history.

“This was a fascinating afternoon, enjoyed by students, parents and teachers alike. What a fantastic achievement for Phoebe, Poppy, Monty and Alex, and a huge well done to all of the students who participated in the competition. Roll on next year’s essay prize!”