On Wednesday 14 October, we held the Rehu Tai Festival of Oral Language Cluster Final in the Somerville Intermediate School hall.

This is an initiative from the APPA, designed to enliven oral language learning, enjoyment and achievement in Auckland. 

The judges for this event were Thomas Stacey from Howick College and Chermaynbe Gibson from Elim, with Nicky Smirk and Chris West, local professional rappers rounding out the group. Theirs was an unenviable task!

The morning involved students presenting in a range of genres which included prepared speeches, RAPs, spoken word and flash talks. There were seven schools involved and we were treated to a feast of wonderfully polished presentations from students from around our area. Representing Somerville Intermediate were Morgan Alley, Ben McLaren and Aria Takle-Lee. Competition was fierce and the judges had a very challenging job to choose a winner in each category. 

In the event, the winners were as follows: 

Prepared Speech:
Aria Takle-Lee (SIS) - What is Beauty?

Spoken Word:
Lily-Ann Sanileva (BBI) - The Reality of Being a Girl

Ethan Firth (BBI) - Words of Wisdom

Flash Talk:
Ben McLaren (SIS) - The Philosophy of Wisdom

Well done to everyone concerned!


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