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Yeah! On-Stage Elocution Competition held after 2 years’ hiatus

We’re back to our normal routines after two years of online schooling. Unlike the lockdown days, we are now back on track, with activities and competitions planned throughout the year. The Inter-Class Elocution Competitions was held on July 21, 2022. In the days leading up to the competition, there have been frantic activities, such as the class teachers and students trying to get onto the stage before other classes to practise their entry, poem, and exit. As the days passed, a mix of nervousness and excitement was in the air.

As classes 9 and 10 from both sections gathered in the hall with muffled voices, some with masks and others without, everyone speculated on who might win this long-awaited competition. Miss. Clarissa greeted everyone and addressed the judges, Miss. Ayesh and Miss Jamie. The first competition was between 10A and 10B, followed by 9A and 9B. When the 9 and 10 standards were finished, they were sent back to their respective classes, while the 5, 6, 7, and 8 standards were assembled in the hall.

Master Pratik Shirodkar from class 7B had this to say about the competition:

“All the classes recited their poem with great enthusiasm, expression and joy. It was a nice experience to perform in front of everyone after a break of two years. All the classes gave their best and their hard work paid off. I hope there will be many more activities like this in the future.”

For the next five days, there was a lot of tension in the air, with students constantly asking different teachers to tell them who won or who they thought would win. Finally, the results were announced on Monday, July 25, 2022, at the 9th standard student assembly.

Below are the winners and their respective poems:

5B: Welcome back

6A: Where Do All the Teachers Go? by Shel Silverstein

7B: All My Great Excuses by Kenn Nesbit

8A: Good Morning, Dear Students from Aesop’s Fables

9B: School Life by Cheryl Theseira

10B: The Pig by Roald Dahl

Some students were ecstatic because they had won, while others were disappointed, but at the end of the day, all were friends, not foes. Whether they won or not, everyone realized they had fun and would strive to win next year.

~Lubna Mendonça (10A) & Pratik Shirodkar (7B)