Broad Haven Primary School Crowned BookSlam Champions

Welsh Books Council

Broad Haven Primary School Crowned BookSlam Champions - 20 June 2014

The National Round, held in Brecon this week, saw hundreds of pupils from primary schools throughout Wales competing for the National Championship. Their task was to impress the judges in two rounds, namely a 10 minute discussion and an 8 minute dramatic presentation based on their chosen books.

At the end of an exciting day Broad Haven School was crowned BookSlam Champions, having impressed the discussion judge with their knowledge of Nina Bawden’s classic novel Carrie’s War. In the presentation round they wowed the judge with their colourful interpretation of Michelle Briscombe’s novel Silent Mountain – which included an inventive use of umbrellas!

Their headteacher, Mr A Williams, said: "Last week the pupils got in touch with Michelle Briscombe, the author of Silent Mountain, to say they would be presenting her work in the BookSlam competition. She wished them the best of luck, and her words obviously had the desired effect! As a school we are delighted with the team’s success; it testifies to the hard work our pupils have put into the project, and the pleasure they gained from taking part. We won the competition in 2011, and now in 2014, and we will certainly be back to defend our title next year!"

During the day’s activities, children and teachers also enjoyed an excellent session with award-winning guest author Paul Manship, the author of several books for children, including Dear Mr Author which won the 2010 Tir na n-Og Award, and his latest title, Charlie Underwood Fights Back.

Medi Jones-Jackson, Children’s Books and Reading Promotion Officer at the Books Council, said: "The aim of BookSlam is simple: to get children from all over Wales reading. By analysing and performing what they have read, they are able to use their imagination and breathe life into some of the wonderful children’s books we have here in Wales. It was a great pleasure to see the children brimming with enthusiasm during the national round of BookSlam, and our thanks go to the dedicated and hard-working county organisers, teachers and other supporters that make these events possible. ’

The 2014 runners-up were St Illtyd Primary School, Vale of Glamorgan, and Willowbrook Primary School, Cardiff won third place. Thanks to the support of publishers Pont, Y Lolfa and Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, every child who took part in the competition was invited to choose a free book to take home as a memento of the day.

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