Meluish Poetry Recitation Contest

Monday, December 28, 2015 - By: Mr. Paul Collis, Head of English

This December the English Department hosted the first annual Melhuish Recitation Contest (named after Beth Melhuish, an English Department legend and the inventor of what used to be called The Fabrications contest).

Students had to visit the website Poetry in Voice -- --and, by either careful perusal or playing addictive poetry roulette -- -- choose a poem to learn by heart and recite to the class.

Students were judged based on common criteria in four categories: physical presence, voice & articulation, performance, and memorization accuracy.

Winners from each of the 25 English sets advanced to the next round in the Lecture Theatre against their peers in others sets. For two excellent evenings, 21st century students put away their phones and either spoke or listened to what Alexander Pope would say "What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed."

Here are videos of some of the four Grade winning performances as well as links to the texts of their chosen poems and a bonus performance: Grade 11 student Madison P reciting the text "Mixed Tape" with illustrations by Grade 10 students Claire K.

Grade 9 winner: Jaylynn B

Grade 10 winner: Glory C

Elizabeth Bachinksy's "Wolf Lake"

Grade 11 winner: David M

Joy Kogawa's "Where There's a Wall"

Grade 12 winner: Ntando H

Ian Williams' "Echolalia"


Madison P recites Katherena Vermette's "Mixed Tape" -- 

with illustrations by Grade 10 student Claire K


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