Nesbitt School in Rosemount held the finals of its annual Storytelling Contest on March 10. Eighteen grade 5 and 6 students exhibited their storytelling skills in front of an audience made up of their fellow students, as well as teachers and administrators, and were judged on voice, expression, animation, style & technique and how they delivered their story. Grade 6 student Vanessa Taddeo won the English division of the competition for her very animated telling of the story “A Day Fishing;” Sydney Douaire-Gomes, also in grade 6, won the French division for her telling of the story “Le Sorcier du Saguenay;” Grade 6 student Isabella Tarakjian’s telling of the story “Makeup Mess” earned her 1st Runner-Up honours.
Every finalist received special certificates of achievement. Vanessa will appear with other storytelling finalists at a non-competition storytelling day on March 18 at Pierre Elliott Trudeau School in Rosemount. The judges for the finals were Elpi Argyrakapoulos, a Consultant for the EMSB’s Pedagogical Services Department; Lorraine Nardozza, Nesbitt’s Daycare Director; Daniel Smajovits, a Social Media and Communications Specialist at the EMSB; and Stuart Nulman, from the EMSB Communications and Marketing Department, who is also a columnist for the weekly newspaper The West End Times.
Public speaking, in the form of storytelling, has become an integral part of the grade 5 and 6 curriculum at Nesbitt. By teaching and encouraging public speaking, it helps students to overcome some of their shyness and enable them to assert themselves in front of others.