OSA Blackwell’s Showcase

We were delighted to see our students showing their speaking skills in the Norrington Room at Blackwell’s on Thursday 18 July.

Public speaking teams from the Academy Trust competition last week, Shakespeare speakers from the competition earlier this year, and some of our top poets performed for the public in the famous Oxford bookshop to great acclaim.

Mukahang, outgoing Head Boy and prize-winning poet, brought the event to a close reading his poetry, published in England: Poems from a School and his own anthology published this year by Outspoken Press, called Nascent. He commented that all the way through the school he had taken part in the activities showcased that evening, and recognised how they had led him to where he is today. As he leaves, we hope, to take up a place at Queen’s College, Oxford, next year, he wished the younger students well.

He joined Year 12 student, Aisha, to show the sophisticated and engaging poetry OSA students are now, rightly, famous for. Both showed how poetry is more than just the page – and how entertaining and moving performance poetry can be.

Apart from poetry, public speakers from Year 7 and 8 (Zoha, Stella and Zoe) spoke on the impact screen time had on young people’s health. Older students from Year 10 (Daisy, Sami and Toby) addressed the issue of our relationship with waste and its impact on the environment.

Finally, our younger students also showed their acting skills and memory in performing sections of Shakespeare plays. Lizzie and Skyla played Juliet’s scene with her mother from Romeo and Juliet, and Sam played Cesario to Eva’s Olivia in a section from Twelfth Night.

Thanks to all staff and parents who came along to support. We look forward to returning to Blackwell’s again soon to show more of our talented students’ work to the book-buying public of Oxford!