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OLA Pupil Wins National Poetry Competition
Thursday 25th May
Senior School Awards

James of Year 9 (pictured) was thrilled to learn on Monday that he had won the Senior Category of the first ever Catholic Independent Schools' Conference (CISC) poetry competition. Pupils from CISC schools from around the country had been invited by General Secretary Raymond Friel, himself a published poet and author, to compose a poem entitled 'Resurrection'.

Mr Friel commented: 'The quality of entries was very high and it was no easy task to decide on the winning entries. James's poem showed a mature depth of understanding of the human reality of resurrection and his command of rhythm and repeating pattern made for a memorable poem.' Mr Oliver announced James's achievement at a whole school assembly on Monday. James commented: 'Mrs Martin, my English teacher, set us the poem as a homework. I never expected I would be selected from so many entries as the winner.'


Out of darkness, light

When they walk back into your life.

Out of sadness, the joy

When you can see them again.

Out of pain, the comfort

They will bring back to you.

Out of mourning, hope

When the doorbell rings to let them in.

Out of tears, laughter

When they walk in the front door.

Out of screams, giggles

When they trip over the mantelpiece again.

Out of sickness, well again

When they are healed for you.

Out of longing, satisfaction

When they tell you just how much they still love you.

Out of mourning, hope

When the doorbell rings to let them in.


Now you know what it feels like.



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