George the Poet inspires Elvin pupils

On 30th January we were delighted to welcome Goerge the Poet to speak to our year 9 and 11 pupils. George is a British spoken word artist, public speaker, writer and recording artist with an interest in social and political issues.

Growing up on the St Raphael’s Estate in Harlesden, North-West London, George began performing rap and grime when he was 15 years old. He attended Queen Elizabeth’s School and studied Politics, Psychology and Sociology at Kings College, Cambridge where he decided to adapt his rap output into poetry to communicate more effectively with his audience.

During his time at university, George pioneered a social enterprise and won £16,000 to fund The Jubilee Line, a series of poetry workshops for underprivileged children in London. He has since actively used his poetry as a force for social change on the likes of Sky News and has visited universities across the country to start a dialogue amongst the younger generation about the various issues faced by young people today.

Due to his recent commercial success after the release of his EP titled The Chicken and the Egg, George has been nominated for the BBC Sound of 2015 award, MTV’s Brand New for 2015 award and has been shortlisted for the Critics’ Choice Category at the 2015 BRIT Awards. Our pupils were truly inspired by his talks, with one year 11 commenting that “he really made me think differently about what I’m doing with my life. I feel like I’ve been hit in the brain!”.

Malgorzata in year 9 has written this report of the event:

“On 30th of January we were delighted to welcome a young artist, George Mpanga better known by his stage name George the Poet. George visited our school to speak to pupils about his experiences while at school and beyond. He also spoke about how poetry changed his life at university and how he started his career as a poet.

George is a very inspirational character for our year 9 and year 11 pupils as they have to make very important decisions such as picking GCSEs, Colleges and Universities. The session gave them some reflections on how it might be, and how they might feel while taking steps towards their future.

When asked 100% of students said that the speech was very inspirational to them, especially because the person that gave the speech was from the same environment as them, and been through situations that most of our students were or will be in.

Our school motto is Magna Aude. All of Ark Elvin's teachers and staff believe that all of our students Dare For Greatness, and with hard work and dedication they can reach for the stars, and be as successful as many known people in our society.”