Delph Primary celebrates success

DELPH Primary School is celebrating a trio of successes in recent spelling, poetry and music competitions across the borough.

Poetry winner Jess Kilmartin

Year 6 pupil Ruby Graham was crowned Oldham Spelling Bee champion after being the last competitor standing in the tough knock-out competition.

Primary schools across the borough each completed their own internal competitions to find their school champion, who then represents them at the final at the Council Chambers.

Ruby was challenged to spell difficult words – including malicious, ghouls, accelerate and initials – and was the only person to get them all right.

The event is sponsored by Oldham Metro Rotary Club and Madeleine Lindley.

There was more literacy success in the Dovetales Poetry Competition, which is organised by the Dovestone Learning Partnership.

Secondary pupils from Saddleworth School and Year Five and Six pupils from local primary schools wrote poems which were judged by teachers and a local author.

At a special presentation evening, the judging panel picked the winner for each school, and also overall prizes, with Delph’s Jess Kilmartin the overall primary winner.

The year six pupil wrote her own poem called ‘Acrobat’.

Oldham Spelling Bee champion Ruby Graham

Meanwhile, the school’s talented young musicians were hitting all the right notes as they were awarded the Tindale Memorial Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Primary Music.

The honour came as the school’s choir, brass band and string group competed at the Oldham School’s Music Festival.

All three performed their programmes during the Monday morning session and the adjudicator was very impressed with their musical talents.

The choir, featuring 68 out of the 88 pupils in Years Four, Five and Six and led by Mr Britner and Mrs Massey, sang three songs with the theme of dreams.

The brass band, with an impressive 31 players and led by Mr Byers, played a suite of five pieces with the theme of pirates.

And the string group, featuring violin and cello players, performed Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Ode to Joy.

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