– International Schools Partnership recently announced the winners of the ISP Poetry Competition: 5 students from across 4 schools in the UAE
– Jaydeon in Year 5, is the winner from Reach British School and has won 50% off his tuition fee as scholarships for the academic year beginning September 2021
August 2021: International Schools Partnership (ISP) recently announced the winners of the first ISP Poetry Competition. Launched in March, the competition witnessed an impressive participation from hundreds of students, who wrote poems about the UAE and the upcoming celebration of the “Year of the 50th”.
The winners – Jaydeon (Reach British School), Aiman (Aspen Heights British School), Khalid (Nibras International School), Cayden and Feras (The Aquila School) have received a scholarship of 50% on tuition fees at their respective schools for the 2021/2022 academic year. The contest asked for students to create poems about the UAE.
Bharat Mansukhani, Regional Managing Director – Middle East, ISP shares; “We congratulate the winners, and thank all the participants who took the time to share their remarkable poems with us. Students of this generation have so much talent, and it was inspiring to experience the country through their creative lens.”
Jaydeon, the winner from Reach British School shared his reaction to finding out he had won. “I was so excited when my Dad told me that I won the competition. It had taken me two weeks to complete my poem,” he said.
When asked about his inspiration he said: “I got my inspiration for my poem from my teachers and my Dad. My teachers taught me about honesty and tolerance in the UAE, while I had a regular conversation with my Dad about the UAE.
And about his favourite thing about the UAE Jaydeon said, “My favourite thing about the UAE is its culture.”
Jaydeon’s parents also shared their thoughts: “Finding out he had won came as a very big surprise and we are happy and grateful to Reach British School and Jaydeon’s teachers. Jaydeon was born in the UAE, so I think he wrote the poem in a short but very connected way. We think this initiative was great because it allowed the children to think and do research on their own about the UAE,” said Mr. and Mrs. Williams.
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges that included: Alisha Patel (Insta Poet), Musab Biroutieh (Award-winning author and Arabic Teacher at The Aquila School), Rachel Riley (UK’s leading designer for Royal Baby Collection), senior leaders and school Principals from ISP.
“We recognize that Poetry can play an important part in developing a child’s language skills. It encourages creative expression and offers a deeper understanding of sound, rhythm and the use of emotion in language. This is why we launched the competition. The poems we have received, and especially the winning poems, will be shared as we begin celebrating the ‘Year of the 50th’ in our schools,” concluded Mr. Mansukhani.