Each year Aiglon's Junior School hosts a total of three reading competitions giving every student in the Junior School the opportunity to participate in one of these events.
The first of these events feature the Year 8 mainstream English class. This gives students the opportunity to build their reading, speaking and performing skills as well as build their knowledge (and love) of literature. Students are able to read poems, letters, diary entries, extracts from novels and speeches. They are encouraged to read and find a piece themselves, although they are provided with a range of resources to help with this process. They spend time preparing these special pieces both in the classroom and outside.
In addition to performing the piece in front of an audience of their classmates and parents, they also perform for the judges! Judging criteria includes diction (volume, correct pronunciation and enunciation of words) and performance (variety of tone, pace, volume, audience eye contact and understanding of the piece).
This most recent competition included pieces from a range of important classic and modern poems such as "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth, "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare and "I Will Rise" by Maya Angelou as well as extracts from the popular dystopian novel (and film) "The Hunger Games" and Emma Watson's speech on gender equality to the United Nations.
This competition's 1st place prize was awarded to Hiroshi with his performance of "If" by Rudyard Kipling, 2nd place to Sophie and 3rd place to Minne.
Thank you to everyone who participated. This special event is always a highlight!