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Woodbrook Student Poetry Selection 2021

by Paul Martin

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From Where I live
A Selection of Student Poetry

Woodbrook College
2020/2021
Woodbrook College
2020/2021
Compiled and designed by Paul Martin

Copyright, Woodbrook College, Bray, 2021
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From Where I Live

A Selection of Student Poems
Woodbrook College
2020/2021
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Woodbrook Poetry Competition 2021
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1st place Freya Dempsey, Reminiscent
2nd place Evelyn Conway Kearney, Isolate
3rd place Abhirami Santhosh, A Familiar Sight
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Table of Contents
Selection of Other Student Poems
Introduction
Enriching Experience, Principal's Introduction 7

Creativity in Woodbrook College 9

Woodbrook Poetry Competition, Winners 2021 12
Woodbrook Poetry Competition
Reminiscent, Freya Dempsey 15

Isolate, Evelyn Conway Kearney 17

A Familiar Sight, Abhirami Santhosh 18

FaceTime, Lola Forsyth 19

Motivation, Katie McCabe 20

Covid Poem, Aoife Mohan 21

The Recipe for Happiness, Reece Gray 22
The Times We Live In, Darren Carroll 25

Equality, Niamh Tapley 26

The Great Space Symphony, Adithya Santhoshkuma 27

Peaceful, Ayse Kelleci 28

Betrayal, Lexie Cummins 29

Sonnet - Watching Romeo and Juliet, Niamh Tapley 30

Sonnet - Watching Romeo and Juliet, Ruby Roche 31

Recipe For Happiness, Emma O'Reilly 32

Recipe For Happiness, Ella Redmond 33

Recipe For Happiness, Michelle Tugarino 34

The Bluff, Abbie Byrne 35

The Face, Robert Munro 36

Was It All Worth It, Saskia Cepillo 37
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Selection of Other Student Poems
The Times We Live In, Darren Carroll 25

Equality, Niamh Tapley 26

The Great Space Symphony, Adithya Santhoshkuma 27

Peaceful, Ayse Kelleci 28

Betrayal, Lexie Cummins 29

Sonnet - Watching Romeo and Juliet, Niamh Tapley 30

Sonnet - Watching Romeo and Juliet, Ruby Roche 31

Recipe For Happiness, Emma O'Reilly 32

Recipe For Happiness, Ella Redmond 33

Recipe For Happiness, Michelle Tugarino 34

The Bluff, Abbie Byrne 35

The Face, Robert Munro 36

Was It All Worth It, Saskia Cepillo 37
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Enriching Experience
The last year has clearly shown us that life is unpredictable. It has often thrown us back on our own resources. We have had to call upon others around us for support. We have had to explain to ourselves what we are going through so we can get to the other side.

Woodbrook College always seeks to support students as they progress along their life path. Self-expression and responding creatively to a changing world are essential in all our lives. That is why they also hold such an important position in our school experience.

Poetry and creativity help us to confront and to better understand the often complex experiences we feel as we navigate the world around us. This has only been heightened during this time of Covid. For this reason we launched the Woodbrook Poetry Competition this year.

I would like to warmly congratulate the three winners and each student who entered the competition. A selection of these entries are included in this book.

It was a real privilege and pleasure for me to read these poems and, even briefly, to enter the vivid worlds inhabited by our very diverse, sensitive and talented students. I thank them for opening up their worlds to us and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

Mr. Henry Hurley
Principal
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A poet’s work … to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it from going to sleep.
Salman Rushdie
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Creativity in Woodbrook College
Creative thinking is a life-skill. Daily, the staff of Woodbrook witness the wealth of talent amongst the student body whose interests and achievements it would be impossible to exhaust. We are so lucky to work in a school that brims with creative potential.

One of the most popular TED Talks is Sir Ken Robinson’s ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’ in which he argued that achievement and conformity take precedence over the liberation of imagination and initiative. At Woodbrook we aim to harness both.

Woodbrook College was delighted to announce their inclusion in the Creative Schools Initiative this year. The Creative Schools Initiative is run by the Arts Council who select prospective schools to design and run their individualised projects over a two-year period. The aim of the project is to boost creativity and creative thinking in the school community. Woodbrook College has been assigned €5,100 to fund the project. The following clip may give a flavour of what is involved.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3u1ENZaYJs

Our Creative Associate, Bex Shelford, is helping the school to develop and implement its Creative Schools plan. Bex is a visual artist who has a particular interest in installations. She is so looking forward to working directly with the pupils next year and tapping into their abounding creativity. To learn more about Bex, you might like to view her website at www.bexshelford.com.

My thanks to Mr. Paul Martin for organising the Woodbrook Poetry Competition and for so creatively putting together this poetry ebook.
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