The VIP room at the Grenada Athletics and Football Stadium, Queens Park, St. George’s, came alive with reading activity last week Wednesday as the final round of the 8th Courts UNICOMER Reading competition was held.
Seven students competed for the grand prize of $EC2, 000; however, it was Alyssa Goddard from the Beacon Junior School that topped the judges list amassing 455 points, earning an additional $2, 000 for her school and the opportunity to represent Grenada in the regional leg of competition, in St. Kitts and Nevis on November 17.
The contestants, who were all between the ages of eight and nine, would have topped the preliminary rounds of the reading competition held at the schools district level during the period September 21 to October 5.
The young readers braved the Courts UNICOMER reading challenge to deliver two selections in the final stage of competition, a narrative piece entitled “The donkey and the sack” and a news item called, “Grenada Schools Incorporated launches Spice Reader.”
The second place prize of $1, 000 went to Samuel Roberts from the Mt. Rose Seventh Day Adventist School who scored 454 points, while the third place prize of EC$750 was taken by Kealah Baptiste of Alpha Junior School (426 points).
Students placing in positions 4 -7 received EC$500 cash. Each contestant received book prizes, certificates of participation and a voucher for a starter savings account compliments the Grenada Union of Teachers Co-operative Credit Union.
Chief Judge, Alana Charles commended the competitors for demonstrating bravery by representing their schools and their district in the competition.
However, she noted that greater emphasis has to be placed on helping the children determine the distinction between reading a narrative piece and a news piece.
“One thing that we would have noticed is that students recovered well from their errors…they didn’t become flustered over their errors, they went on and they looked comfortable enough to continue. So I think that’s excellent for them being mindful that they are eight and nine year olds,” she said.
Charles stressed that “although generally the students did well it was noticed that students tend to read narrative pieces well, it’s easy to listen to and to follow, but when it comes to the news piece they tend to really struggle a bit”.
“So parents (and) teachers we would like for you to help the students especially in terms of the news piece,” she said.
According to Charles, one of the things that can be done to help the students is to have them “listen to the news so that they can hear what it sounds like”.
The other competitors in the contest were Dennil John from Harveyvale Government School, Carriacou; Samiya Mc Guire, St. Andrew’s Methodist; Codillia Hosten, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic School, and Markel Daniel of Corinth Government School.