ONA Poet published in The Spectator

Posted on: 22nd January 2018

Our resident poet, Miss Roden, has received recognition for her poetry with her latest poems being published in one of the oldest and most prestigious publications in the UK, The Spectator. The Spectator magazine, established in 1828, features the best British journalists, authors, critics and cartoonists and is the best-written and most influential weekly in the English language.

The Academy is very proud of Miss Roden’s work and her achievements outside of school, so much so Miss Roden is the author to our own Academy poem.


If you can show enthusiasm, when all around you sigh,

And in spite of struggling, always be willing to give anything a try;

If you arrive on time each day, professional and smart,

When others dawdle through the gates reluctant to play their part;

If you inspire others, with creativity and flare,

And help your fellow students when perhaps no one else is there;

If you make being thoughtful a priority each day,

And show your classmates kindness in a variety of ways;

If you express your thoughts and feelings, knowing you’ll be heard,

And demonstrate your empathy in actions and in words;

If you are strong and resilient, with a curious mind to feed,

But know that falling down at times will help you to succeed;

If you show objectivity while those around you judge,

And stand fast to your morals but never hold a grudge;

Then you are a NEWA student, part of our family,

And of the many things you are, that’s the most wonderful, surely?

Ms Roden (Ormiston NEW Academy Poet in Residence)

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