Little voices win high praise
Thursday, 25th August, 2011
By John Casey
After five days of competition the BH Eisteddfod will now take a two-day hiatus before its 2011 season concludes at the Civic Centre on Saturday.
The 42nd annual Eisteddfod has proven quite a success, according to organisers, with yesterday’s Speech and Drama section attracting another healthy crowd.
A selection of schools took part in yesterday’s Verse Speaking Choirs event with BH Public (Central) and Sacred Heart dominating.
The Year 1 students from BH Public School took out the Kindergarten to Year 2 category, which required a minimum of nine voices. BH Public 2M finished runner-up in the event.
The Years 3 to 6 category saw Sacred Heart dominate, capturing both first and second prizes, with Years 5/6 edging out their younger Years 4/5 school mates.
“We are very happy with the result and I thought all the children performed very well,” Sacred Heart Principal Trevor Rynne said.
“Obviously there is more to this event than winning though. The experience the children take from appearing on stage at events like this is very important for their development.
“The judging this year has been fantastic because there has been a lot of constructive feedback provided and that is a great help for the students.”
Mr Rynne added that he was also delighted with the efforts of the school choir, who finished second in the Choral section of the Eisteddfod on Monday.
Speech and Drama adjudicator Mrs Mary-Anne Brushe complimented all performers who took part in yesterday’s events.
She commented that it was obvious the children had all put in a lot of time and effort to reach such a high standard that made her judging duties particularly difficult.
Mrs Brushe also praised the teachers involved for their hard work.
This year’s BH Eisteddfod has attracted more than 400 entries and a full list of winners will be published in the BDT next week.