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Haverhill school earns lyrical praise from famous poet Professor Benjamin Zephaniah




A Haverhill school was shocked and delighted when a renowned poet sent them a poem after seeing a post it had made on Twitter.

Key stage Two pupils at Place Farm Primary Academy were learning and performing Christmas poems, which included Year 6 studying the poem Talking Turkeys, by Rastafarian poet Professor Benjamin Zephaniah.

After the school mentioned this on Twitter and tagged the poet in the message, Benjamin responded with a poem dedicated to the school.

Year Six pupils at Place Farm Primary Academy performing Benjamin Zephaniah's poem, Talking Turkeys. Submitted picture
Year Six pupils at Place Farm Primary Academy performing Benjamin Zephaniah's poem, Talking Turkeys. Submitted picture

Lisa McConnell. deputy headteacher, said: “We were thrilled when Benjamin himself responded to their Tweet by writing a poem to congratulate them on their hard work.

“What a fantastic boost to our children’s confidence.

“It’s so great when pupils get a response like this - what a brilliant end to the term.”

The tweet sent by Professor Benjamin Zephaniah to Place Farm Primary Academy
The tweet sent by Professor Benjamin Zephaniah to Place Farm Primary Academy

The poem said: “Wow, you really are awesome,

Yes, you really are kool,

Hey, you know how to do it,

At Place Farm School

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