Year 5 Reflections on Eisteddfod (Miss Carter)
This year the Year 5 class again participated in the Warrnambool Speech and Drama Eisteddfod. For most of them this was the first time preforming on a large stage to an adjudicator and an audience. Students spent countless hours selecting and preparing their chosen poem and there were many nervous tummies on the day of their performance! Here, some students reflect on their experience of participating in the Eisteddfod.
Taz - From participating in the Eisteddfod I learnt that it is sometimes good to be nervous because sometimes you can be overconfident and that can affect your performance. It was fun preforming my poem on stage and I think it has made me more confident with public speaking. I was lucky because I got an Honorable Mention for my poetry reading entitled ‘Sister Bossy and the Angels’. I will definitely try Eisteddfod next year!
Isabella - at the Eisteddfod I was really nervous when I first got up on stage, but when I started reading I started to relax. This helped me know how it feels to preform in public and gave me confidence. When I got half way through my poem I felt really good and loved it! The highlight for me was being on the big stage. The adjudicator was very kind and wasn’t mean at all. She gave me some helpful ideas. My favourite section to listen to was the Poem for Two.
Maddie - Being in the Eisteddfod is very nerve-wracking at first, but then once you get on stage it can be quite fun. It was fun to be the center of attention for a little bit! My highlight was hearing the adjudicator’s thoughts on my performance. She told me to speak loudly next time and I have learnt from that. It was really awesome to try something new and I definitely look forward to doing Eisteddfod next year.
Jorja - Before I went on stage for the Eisteddfod I felt like I was going to muck it all up. But then when I got up there I wasn’t as nervous and lots of people said I did a great job. I liked hearing all the other poems, and I learnt a lot from the other students preforming their poems. One of the things I learnt is that if you practice enough you can recite a poem and not have to read it. One poem that I loved listening to was ‘Excuses, Excuses’ that Ben and Derry preformed as a poem for two. It was a really funny poem. The other poem I enjoyed was called ‘Doctor, Doctor’ which Jack and Fraser preformed. It was so funny and really entertaining.
Congratulations to everyone in Year 5 who showed such courage and determination in your preparation and performances for the Eisteddfod. We can’t wait to see what you come up with for next year!