Date Posted... May 22nd 2018




House Verse Competition 2018

Truro Prep School pupils have been taking part in the annual House Verse Competition.

Pupils in all four houses from Year 3 through to Year 6 took part in the event. 12 pupils had been shortlisted with each house performing three films for the House Verse Competition. Lower Sixth English students then judged the films.

1st place was claimed by Year 6 pupil Celia who performed ‘George, who Played with a Dangerous Toy’ by Hilaire Beloc. 2nd place went to Year 5 pupil Henry with ‘The Snake Hotel’ by Brian Moses. Year 6 pupil Wilf came 3rd with ‘Egg’.

Pupils performed poems in front of a green screen with backgrounds, graphics and lower thirds being added in order to create a short film. The aim of the competition is to promote poetry and public speaking.

Some of the comments from the Lower Sixth students included,

“’Fantastic use of emotion”

“Excellent use of pauses”

“Brilliant enunciation”

“Impressive understanding of rhyme and rhythm”

“Gesticulations were used to great effect”


A full list of the shortlisted entries is as follows:



Jonathan and Sam – Jabbermockery by Trevor Millum

Celia – George, Who Played with a Dangerous Toy, and Suffered a Catastrophe of Considerable Dimensions by Hilaire Belloc

Eleanor and Elizabeth – Pot of Gold by Gary Hill



Matthew – The Writer of this Poem by Roger McGough

Evie – Garments by Hugo Williams

Tilly and Jessica – The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear



Alice – Crazy Poem by Alice

Henry – The Snake Hotel by Brian Moses

Sophie – What Did You Do at School Today? by James Carter



Trystan – How Many Miles to Mylor? by A L Rowse

Wilf – Egg by anonymous

Toby – I Dreamed a Dream by Gareth Lancaster