The 5th Annual France edition of the ELSA Poetry by Heart Contest took place this last month, on March 23rd. After our own in-house Aseica contest in December, two level winners were discerned: 3e candidate Emily Cart-Grandjean from César, and 2e candidate Lemba Soldini from the LIV. Both candidates were invited to Paris to compete in the France finals.The finals took place at Ecole Jeannine Manuel. The contest this year was graced with the high profile presence of the UK organisers, Tim Shortis and Julie Blake, who were extremely supportive, and thankful for international support of the project. Over 40 candidates from 15 OIB, IB and bilingual schools from across France performed their poems, many of which were outstanding. Both of our contestants, Lemba and Emily, gave superb performances, full of maturity and sensitivity. The competition was extremely tough… despite this, ASEICA is very proud to report that this year’s overall winner was Emily!!
An immense BRAVO to her!
Stay tuned at the rentrée in September for news about next year’s contest!
Coordinating Teacher, ELSA Poetry Contest
This is the first year our students had the opportunity to enter the Poetry-By-Heart international poetry recitation contest, with our school competition taking place on November 30th. Congratulations to all students who participated. They were completely absorbed in their poetry and the afternoon was a compelling mix of academic understanding and theatrical performance. A special congratulations to our two winners will attend the national finals in Paris in March:
- Lemba Soldini in 2nde for her performance of "Song of the Smoke" by W.E.B. Dubois
Emily Cart-Grandjean in 3ème at César for her performance of "The Stretcher Bearer" by Tommy Crawford.
- Runners-up were Louis Browne in 2nde for "The Chimney Sweeper" by William Blake and Aurélie Gallet in 3ème in ColIV for "The Song of the Mud" by Mary Borden.
Students were awarded points for Voice, Understanding, Performance, and Accuracy. The judges were Mrs. Collord, Mrs. Defrasne, Mr. P. Jackson, and Mrs. Massé. Many thanks to Mrs. Bethell for organizing the project and to Mrs. Yuill for coaching. The contest will be renewed in September 2019.
Kristi Defrasne, Head of Lycée English