Hi there!

I’m back again and for my third blog I bring you news from one of the five North East teams.

A few days ago I was kindly invited along to Our Lady and St Bede’s School is Stockton to see how poets Alfie Crow and Sophie F Baker and their team were coming along.

Alfie has been on the poetry scene for many years (I won’t say exactly how many!) and has worked with numerous community groups and schools.  He has worked on similar projects to this one but this is his 1st Shake the Dust.

Sophie told me “I’ve worked in schools before with teachers but this is the first time I’ve worked with pupils.  It is a little scary but very rewarding”.  Sophie was up at 5.30am to get to school for 9am.  I didn’t know that there was a 5.30am!  In addition to working on the Shake the Dust project Sophie works at Mslexia

Teacher, J Lockheart, also share’s their enthusiasm for the Shake the Dust project – “This is the first time the school has taken part in Shake the Dust.  The buzz from the students has been brilliant!”

I also had a chance to speak with some of the pupils.  Here are some comments they had to share about the project:

“It has helped to boost my confidence”

“It is helping me to overcome my stage fright”

My morning at the Stockon School was extremely enjoyable.  The energy in the room was amazing and I can’t wait to see the team again at the regional final.

Good luck to you all!