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Poetry Results:

Year 1 Jack Lowe 2nd, Ammie Parkinson/Williw Scholes 3rd (duet), Jordyn Ward 1st
Year 2 Aurelia Dyer 1st, Chloe Laffey 2nd, Kayla Brunt 3rd
Year 3 Emily Smith 2nd, Joel Pulley 2nd, Bre Coster 1st
Year 4 Izaac O'Connor 3rd, Gus McConnon 1st, Alyssa Brunt 2nd
Year 5 Clover Lee 2nd, Zak Birdling 1st, Maisie McConnon 3rd
Year 6  Maisy Eder 2nd, Ciara O'Connor 3rd, Maddie Coster 1st
Year 7  Olivia Tallentire absent, Connor Page 1st, Isabella Mulholland 3rd, Ella Isherwood 2nd.
Year 8 Ricco Pepper-Edwards 2nd, Niko Silcock 3rd, Myjr Coster 1st
Venue:  Ashley School Hall at 9.10am please be seated by 9am. 
Please turn off your mobile phones and supervise your preschool children.
Poetry Competition order is year 3,2,1 then Poetry Slam 4,5,6,7,8.
The Poetry Competition is to be judged by Gill Robinson and Wendy Lilley
The Poetry Slam is to be judged by their peers.
All welcome to attend.

Ashley School Poetry Slam 2018

This year we begin a new revolution with our school poetry competition - moving with the times! We will be having a Poetry Slam on Tuesday 12th June in the school hall, following a run off in each of the class areas during the previous week. Three students from each class level will be asked to present their poems in the final slam.

A Poetry Slam is a competition in which poets perform spoken word poetry. Poetry slams began in Chicago in 1984 as a way for audiences to become more involved and poets to display high levels of passion and engagement for their poems and the subject matter. For many it is an opportunity to raise issues which are foremost in their minds. Here is a great New Zealand example of a young man presenting his slam:

Orators may read or recite their poem, but the emphasis should be on the connection which that person has for their poem, and we should see and hear this through their entire performance.

The performances at a poetry slam are judged by the audience, who will have the judging criteria outlined and available to them. Sections of the audience work together to give a score between 1 and 10 for each poem, with allowance to have half numbers such as 7.5 as scores as well.

Our hall will be divided into 10 roughly equal sections of the audience, each of which has one score card, and all people must work quickly to allocate a score - no more than a minute will be allowed. The score is held up for counting with the highest and lowest scores being dropped, so that each performer receives a score out of 80.

Scores can be seen on the whiteboard as the competition progresses. The winning score in each year level will receive the medal for 2018.

Beginning next week, staff will model and describe the process for the Poetry Slam, and allow time for plenty of questions and discussion so that it is clear for our students.

We are looking forward to having lots of fun with poetry over the next month!


Ashley School Debating

North Canterbury Debate competition is at  6.30pm Thursday 21 June, Ashley School will be hosting the big semifinal in our school hall.  If you are able to come along, thank you very much in anticipation!
There will be two different debates.
1. Ohoka 1 vs Swannanoa 2 = City life is better than country life..
2. Ashley 1 vs Ohoka 2 = Team sports are better than individual sports.
Niko, Connor and Sasha are very excited, proud and nervous about this huge step, but are looking forward to the challenge. If you have any ideas about their moot, have a chat with them - they are the affirmative this time.

Good luck to Ashley School debaters!


   Debating 2018


What a fabulous first week of debating we have had with both our teams getting a win against their opposition. The moot was ‘School is the best place for learning’.
On Tuesday our affirmative side, Nicole, Megan and Maddie argued this moot successfully against Fernside School.
On Ednesday our negative team, Nikko, Connor and Sasha debated against Loburn School and won the contest. A big congratulations to both Megan and Connor who were awarded speaker of the day in each debate. 
We are looking forward to seeing what the next topic will be...






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