The evening of 30 March was a special one for students of international schools in Budapest. Britannica International School hosted the Sixth International Schools’ Poetry Recital Competition, with 60 students from six international schools competing in four categories. The schools were the International School of Budapest, American International School, International Christian School of Budapest, SEK International School, British International School and Britannica itself.
The standard of recitals was judged to be very high and the performances often original and sophisticated interpretations of well-known satirical and lyrical poems.
The masters of ceremony were Britannica senior prefects Patrik Rehus and Pei Lin Ma, while senior literature students welcomed and registered competitors and accompanying teachers, and acted as ushers. Mothers of Britannica competitors baked cakes to revive guests and performers in the interval, and Villa Bagatelle supplied refreshments. The event was sponsored by AGS Relocations.
The judge, American poet and Budapest Bardroom chairman Andrew Singer, again found judging difficult but explained his choices satisfactorily. The medals, certificates and prizes were presented by British Ambassador to Hungary Jonathan Knott.
Full list of winners
10- to 12-year-olds
Bronze medal: Daniel Torti (ISB) reciting The Kindergarten Concert by Robert Pottle
Silver medal: James Howells (BISB) reciting If by Rudyard Kipling
Gold medal: Vida Thompson (Britannica) reciting Extract from Cinderella by Roald Dahl
12- to 14-year-olds
Bronze medal: Luke Miller (AIBS) reciting Boa Constrictor by Shel Silverstein
Silver medal: Zoe Hejja (ISB) reciting O Captain! My Captain by Walt Whitman
Gold medal: Maurits Hoiting (BISB) reciting The Dance of the Thirteen Skeletons by Jack Prelutsky
Bronze medal: John Pontifex (ICSB) reciting Jim, Who ran away from his nurse, and was eaten by a Lion by Hilaire Belloc
Silver medal: Szava Adel Tar (SEK) reciting Amor Mundi by Christina Rossetti
Gold medal: Emily Johnson (ICSB) reciting Remembrance by Emily Bronte
Bronze medal: Adam Bleier and Balazs Somogyi (Britannica) reciting Horror Film by Gareth Owen
Silver medal: Lilla Naffa and Zinnia Lautner (SEK) reciting Wash, Wash, Wash by Lee Emmett
Gold medal: Miriam Revilla-Alvarez, Kyra Jankovich and Emil Hadjizada (Britannica) reciting The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt
-Britannica International School