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

Ashley School has entered the North Canterbury Debating Competition and we have two teams who will join 30 others from other schools in the area. 

We have had trials after several students spent part of the holidays writing a speech to present, and as a result our two teams are as follows.

Ashley 1 - Niko Silcock, Connor Page, Sasha Dickson

Ashley 2 - Nicole de Roo, Megan Stokes, Maddie Craw

Next week our debating teams have their first challenge with the moot for round one being that 'School is the best place to learn'. 

If you are keen to hear some interesting arguments on this topic, then come along to our library on Tuesday 8th May at 1.30pm when we are against Fernside School, OR on Wednesday 9th May at 10am when we are against Loburn. 

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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