St Patrick's R. C. School, Cardiff Crowned BookSlam Champions 2016

Welsh Books Council

St Patrick's R. C. School, Cardiff Crowned BookSlam Champions 2016 - 04 July 2016

A team of avid readers from St Patrick’s R. C. School, Cardiff, have been crowned the 2016 Champions of BookSlam, the Welsh Books Council’s annual reading competition for children. The national round, held recently at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 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, St Patrick’s R. C. School, Cardiff, was crowned the overall BookSlam Champions, having impressed the discussion judge with their knowledge of Top Dog, by Emma Rea. In the presentation round they performed their own interpretation of Isabella Wella and the Kenfig Pirates by Rob Jefferies. During the day’s activities, children and teachers also enjoyed a colourful and fun presentation based on some of Roald Dahl’s books. The adjudicators this year were Owenna Davies for the discussions and Miranda Ballin for the presentations. Elwyn Jones, Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council, said: "The aim of BookSlam is to get children from all over Wales reading. By discussing and performing what they have read, the pupils gain a deeper understanding of some of the wonderful children’s books we have here in Wales. It was a great pleasure to see the youngsters 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 2016 runners-up were Sully School, Vale of Glamorgan and Pont Siôn Norton School, Rhondda Cynon Taf, came third. Thanks to the support of publishers Pont, Y Lolfa, Firefly, Carreg Gwalch and Rily, 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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