Various Activities English Quizbee Oral Interpretation Speech Choir

An eventful November took place in St. Scholastica’s Academy Marikina as the English area of the Grade School Department spearheaded various activities for the English Month with the theme Radiating God’s Merciful Love through the English Language. Last November 18, the Kindergarten pupils filled the eyes of the grade schoolers and the teachers with their colorful and attractive costumes of their chosen book characters. They paraded together with their advisers who were also dressed magnificently in their chosen characters. The pupils’ bags were filled to the brim with sweet treats from the students of Grades 3-6. This Book Character Parade has been one of the anticipated activities during the English month and it has been done for many years already.

Meanwhile, selected Grade 1 pupils dressed up as foxes and grapes as they participated in the Oral Interpretation Contest with the piece “The Fox and the Grapes.” The contestants gave an excellent delivery but only three pairs stood out in the eyes of the judges. Special recognition for Best in Costume and Best in Character Portrayal was also awarded to selected participants. Prior to the contest, the English teachers of the level chose one pair from each section who performed best during the graded Performance Task.

The Grade 2 pupils enjoyed the story “I Wish I Had Duck Feet” by Dr. Seuss which was narrated to them by selected parents from each section. The storytelling sessions were held in the library during English periods. After each session, the teachers had prepared worksheets for the pupils to accomplish to check on their understanding of the story. Special thanks to all the parents who accommodated the invitation to be the storyteller of their daughter’s section.

A heartwarming rendition of the declamation piece “Am I to be blamed?” was done by the students in the Grade 4 level. This classroom-based activity showcased the students’ skills in delivery and interpretation. One student per section was chosen and hailed as the best declaimer of the class.
Two major activities made the Grade 5 students occupied the whole month. The first one was the Book Door Design Contest which was an inter-class contest. The book “Bridge to Terabithia” was used for this purpose. The back doors of each classroom became visually alive as they looked like real book covers. Three sections were declared winners. The second activity was the English Quiz Bee held last November 29, 2016 at the SICC. There were six teams composed of three members per team who competed and three teams with the highest points earned were declared the winners. The questions were about reading skills, literature, grammar and spelling.

The Grade 6 students would surely mark this year one of their most memorable as they participated in the inter-class Speech Choir Contest with the piece “The Champion” by Carman. Rigorous practices on three Saturdays were held under the coaching of the parents who willingly accepted the invitation to be the respective parent-coaches of their daughter’s section. Last November 29, 2016, three sections were declared Champion, First Runner up and Second Runner up. The first runner up will perform in the matinee showing of the school’s Variety Show while the champion will present in the gala night. Special thanks to all the parent-coaches who selflessly devoted their time and energy to teach their respective sections. Their hard work was paid off during the contest day as all of the sections gave a splendid and impressive performance.

It is noteworthy to conclude that the success of the English Month this year was made achievable due to the concerted efforts of the school, the teachers, the parents, and our young Scholasticans. Truly, the community that works together, succeeds together!