Slam Poetry finals at Deakin Edge

What a privilege and joy to hear finalists from 5 schools (Casey Grammar, Charles La Trobe College, Melbourne High School, Northcote High, The John Monash Science School) perform at the Out Loud Poetry Slam finals at #MWF17.

Our year 9 boys from Mr Mahoney ‘s English class (9L), Ivan and Yi Ming, treated us to a powerful performance. The standard was incredibly high for all competitors and we were extremely proud of our students.

Congratulations to the John Monash Science School who won for the second year running.

Lucky students from 9L (and the 2 MHS runners-up) who attended the performance. They have witnessed the power of performance poetry and may never be the same again.
#OutLoud17 #mwf17 #performancepoetry #slampoetry

The inimitable slam poet, Emilie Zoey Baker!

Our students enjoying the performances

They are all winners!

A happy year 9 cohort! Who knew poetry could be so exhiliarating?! Well done to all the student teams!



Year 9 Slam Poetry Championship

Posted by Marie Buckland

On Monday afternoon we held an exciting play-off for the title of MHS Year 9 Slam Poetry Champions with teams competing for a chance to represent us in the Out Loud Schools Slam Poetry competition at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.
Slam poetry needs to be engaging and affecting in the message and in performance.

Thanks to MHS Parents & Friends we were able to invite the energetic and exciting Emilie Zoe Baker to join us again this year to help students fine-tune their performances and to host the fun-filled play-off.  Our judges, Mr Sloan, Ms Tsilimidos and Mr Edge were amazed and amused by the performances, ably assisted by our scorer, Nate.
Congratulations to the winning team of 9B with Kevin Chang, Rithika Kudabanda, Rik Mysore and Ian Giang, narrowly beating teams from 9L and 9H. Rik also won “Best Individual Performance”, with 9C winning the “Best Writing” award.
While judges were deliberating Kabisan Sutharsan and Alden Vong of 9D gave individual performances, and we enjoyed an impromptu work from Felix Capp.

Thanks to the many teachers and students who came to support their teams, and to the judges.
(And thank YOU, Marie, for orchestrating this very enjoyable and worthwhile experience for our students.)

Slam Poetry workshops with Emilie Zoey Baker @MHS

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This post has been written by Marie Buckland – organiser of the Slam Poetry workshops and competition.

Writer-in-Residence, the fabulous Emilie Zoey Baker, has been workshopping with Year 9 boys to create our very own MHS Slam Poetry event.

Emilie introduced the boys to slamming, and performed her own work at a special junior assembly. Following a flurry of class workshops over three days, the boys created and performed their own team poems with each class selecting a representative team to participate in one of two special intensive workshops on the fourth day – with the opportunity to perform in the final lunchtime play-off and celebration.

Teacher-Librarians, Ms Saunders, Ms Beanland and Ms Sheko joined in the spirit and performed their own poetic tributes while the judge’s deliberated. It was a difficult decision for our team of Poet Extraordinaire Mr Mahoney, Year 9 mentor and Assistant Principal Mr Sloan (also handy with the Frisbee), theatre sportsman and slam specialist, Carlo Piccolo-Cody (Year 11).

Overall winners were Ashane, Shevin, Abhey and Andre from 9J’s Slam Dunk who are now heading for a heat in the play-off to perform at the Out Loud Schools student slam in the Melbourne Writers Festival. The second and third placed teams (one was a wild card) were both from 9L. Congratulations to Kwesi, Joseph and Sanchyan in team A, and Rosson, Eric and Richard in Team B.

Award for the ‘Best Line’ went to Pranav Kaushal of 9A and the Kebab Kings

Award for the ‘Best Performance’ went to Nathan Nguyen, only performer in 9K’s team, 3 Nguyens and a Chicken

Special thanks to Emilie – such an inspiring teacher and mentor to our boys over each stage of the program. Thanks to Year 9 English teachers who prepared & supported their students, to our fabulous library staff for the smooth running (mostly), and of course to MHS Parents & Friends Association for sponsoring the Writer-in-Residence program. A special thanks to stage crew, Nik and Eric, and to Austin for filming.

Next post we will feature some of the student performances.

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