Poetry by Heart Competition
On Tuesday, 28th March, BBIS officially crowned its own queens of poetry: Eilidh and Chantal! They joined thirteen other finalists in the first-annual Poetry by Heart Recitation Competition, organized by Mr Grissett and the English Department. Poetry by Heart (PBH) is “an inspiring competition for students to learn and recite poems by heart...as the outward and audible manifestation of an inwardly-understood and enjoyed poem.”
In short, each Grade 10 student had to choose a poem from the PBH anthology, memorize it, and then recite that poem in front of classmates, teachers, and friends. Eilidh and Chantal were awarded 21 out of 25 points by the judges for their exceptional accuracy, performance, voice, and understanding of their respective poems, ‘Originally’ by Carol Ann Duffy and ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ by Oscar Wilde. The entire recitation competition was a fantastic poetry and music event attended by Grade 10 students, staff and curious passersby!
Other notable performances included Sofia’s subtle delivery of Alun Lewis’ ‘Goodbye’, David’s powerful rendition of ‘How to Kill’ and a cameo video performance from Laco, who narrated a heartfelt version of Imtiaz Dharker’s ‘Minority’ (cue the tears in the audience :'( ).
Mr Grissett would like to especially thank the judges for their appraisals (Mr Hand, Ms Peters, and Mr Johannsen), the rest of the wonderful English Department for their support, and Louis, Jakov, and Jacob for their incredible music during intermission. Great job Grade 10s...see you next year Grade 9s!