"For eight years now, Debra Bertulis has inspired and challenged pupils at Bengeworth CE Academy to become poets, improve their articulation and expression as well as expose their imagination to the almost limitless art of poetry performance. Her relentless focus on aspirational outcomes and the delight of children and their parents at realising their potential in both creative and performance environments is testament to her ability as a teacher and tenacity as an advocate of academic excellence for all children at all Key Stages."
David Coaché - Executive Headteacher, Bengeworth Multi-Academy Trust, Worcestershire.
.Pitch Perfect Poetry
On Monday morning, some children from Year 5 attended a Cluster S chools poetry workshop at Bengeworth CE School, facilitated by published children's poet and specialist poetry teacher Debra Bertulis. They had a great time learning all about alliteration, hyperbole, imagery, onomatopoeias, rhyme, stanzas and many more poetic terms. After listening to music, they were able to write their own poems. Some pupils volunteered to read theirs, with performance tips from Debra, which included useful tips on how to read aloud. (St Andrews CE School, Evesham, Worcestershire)
On Thursday 28th November 2019 some of our gifted writers from Years 5 and 6 became poets for the day at a recent Able Writers' Workshop. They were given the opportunity to work with the highly accomplished, Debra Bertulis. Debra is a published children's poet and qualified peripatetic speech and drama teacher, specialising in teaching poetry, performance and recitation skills.
The day focused on poetry and performance poetry. The children learnt all about rhyme, rhythm and punctuation, and also discussed literary terms such as personification and alliteration. The day was lots of fun as well as very educational and the children looked at the importance of having fun with words and poetry. The children were given the opportunity to write freely using their own imaginations as far as possible.
During the day the children composed their own poems, edited and redrafted them and then shared them out loud with the group. Their outstanding work was really taken from the page to the stage! (Our Lady of Fatima School, Birmingham)
A number of our Y2 pupils had a great day with published poet Debra Bertulis as part of an Able Writers' Day. The children wrote their own poems entitled 'I remember' and were give tips on how to perform them. (Matchborough First School Academy, Worcestershire)
A number of our KS2 children were invited to Holyoakes Field School on Wednesday to take part in a writers’ workshop led by brilliant poet, Debra Bertulis. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning all about rhyme, rhythm and punctua on and had the opportunity to compose their own poems, edit and redra them and then share them aloud with their audience. (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School, Redditch)
Six excited Key Stage Two children attended a poetry writing workshop at Bengeworth Academy on Monday 20th May. The morning is designed to inspire young people to set their imaginations to work, and was delivered by a published children's poet - Debra Bertulis! Everyone had a very successful session, listening to and interpreting the famous 'In the Hall of the Mountain King', then drafting poems before performing them in front of an audience of children and adults from various local schools! Well done Sophie, Eli, Lois, Ethan, Tom and Daisie! (Harvington First School, Worcestershire)
Able Writer’s Day:
On Tuesday four children from both Frithville and New York were invited to Carlton Road Primary to take part in a writing day led by the the poet Debra Bertulis.
Debra is a published children’s poet and qualified and experienced Peripatetic Speech and Drama teacher. The day focused on poetry and performance poetry. The children learnt all about rhyme, rhythm and punctuation, and also discussed literary terms such as personification and alliteration. The children were given the opportunity to write freely, taking their own imagination as far as possible. A wonderful day! (Frithville Primary School, and New York Primary School, Boston, Lincs.