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David Walliams, Spike Milligan, Roald Dahl and more were all performed with confidence and brio by Junior School girls taking part in the Mulberry Challenge on Friday.

Girls from Years 3-6 have to perform a poem by heart and read a piece of prose of their choice for the competition.

Four from each year group went through to the final event in front of their peers and the two judges: Head of English at the Senior School, Sue Mehaffey and former Wally English teacher and Librarian Heather Everndon.

All girls demonstrated impressive poise in the event.  Eleanor in Year 4 won special praise for performing a poem she had written herself. 

The overall winner was Madeleine in Year 6, who showed great comic timing with her performance of Supply Teacher by Allan Ahlberg.  She also demonstrated great maturity in her reading of a passage on phosphorescence from Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals which judge Mrs Everndon admitted was one of her favourite pieces of prose.

The judges praised everyone who had learnt a poem to enter the event and then gave them a few helpful tips when preparing for next year's competition.