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Colina Students Shine at Poetry Festival
The 15th, 20th and 21st of February were days of literary greatness for students from Preprimary, Primary and Bachillerato. These were the dates that they were invited to participate in the 45th Annual Colegio Bolivar Poetry Festival.
La Colina students memorized poems and presented them to parents, teachers and students from various bilingual high schools in Cali. They participated in three categories: Unpublished Poetry, or student produced poetry, Published Poetry, or poems written by recognized authors, and Group Recitation where groups of two or more students recited published or unpublished poems. The students in Bachillerato were given the possibility of submitting video poems as a form of participation.
On the 15th, students from Preprimary were taken to the Colegio Bolivar in the morning, accompanied by their parents and their teachers. They made their presentations and participated in activities that were organized by the host school. That same day, students from primary made their presentations in the evening. The following week saw students from 6th to 11th grade make the trip to the southern part of the city on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Each student received a diploma of participation.
In order to participate, students had to show an interest in presenting their poems in public. Each student had to propose to their English teacher a poem, and format in which they were going to recite. Many students practiced their poems for weeks, receiving support from their teachers and classmates about how they could best make their presentations.
This activity is valuable to the bilingual community for various reasons. The act of memorizing a poem, and presenting it in public, requires a good memory and a lot of courage. Additionally, the opportunity to hear poems in English by students from all over the city provides information about what other young people are thinking and writing.