The first ever PISF Poetry Slam 2018 was held in conjunction with the 11th Private & International School Fair in Kuala Lumpur on 23 & 24 June 2018 at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre.
The competition for Category A (9 - 11 years old) was held on 23 June and Category B (12 - 14 years old) on 24 June.
Students aged 9 to 14 from private and national schools performed poems they have written themselves conveying the theme, 'Reimagining Education'.
The PISF Poetry Slam 2018 received entries from 38 private and national schools all over Malaysia.
Category A Participants
The shortlisted private school students were from Beaconhouse International School Sri Inai, HELP International School, Idrissi International School, Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar, St. John's International School, St. Joseph's Institution International School Malaysia, Rafflesia Private & International School, Taylor's International School and UCSI International School.
Category B Participants
Students from Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Petaling, Sekolah Kebangsaan Assunta Satu and Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Yoke Nam were also shortlisted for the Poetry Slam.
They competed against one another to win attractive cash prizes worth up to RM1,500!
From left: Mr Jamal Raslan, Ms Emily Thomas and Mr Reuben Chan
The competition was judged by Ms Emily Thomas, drama and speech educator at Poetry Cafe KL; Mr Jamal Raslan, an established spoken word poet in Kuala Lumpur; and Mr Reuben Chan, Marketing Manager at Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL).
The judges commended the participants for being so brave and confident and were impressed by all their performances.
From left: Kyeisha Nair, Phranayashri Jayabalan, Pietta Willow Watley and Ms Nickie Yew (Co-founder and Director of Mint Communications)
Category A Winners
Winner: Phranayashri Jayabalan (Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar)
1st Runner-up: Pietta Willow Watley (Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar)
2nd Runner-up: Kyeisha Nair (Sekolah Kebangsaan Assunta Satu)
From left: Valentino Tew, Ms Nickie Yew (Co-founder and Director of Mint Communications), Zaynab Ahmed El-Hawat and Teioh Nuan Ning
Category B Winners
Winner: Zaynab Ahmed El-Hawat (Idrissi International School)
1st Runner-up: Valentino Tew (HELP International School)
2nd Runner-up: Teioh Nuan Ning (HELP International School)
We would like to congratulate the winners and all the participants who made the first ever PISF Poetry Slam 2018 a success!