– International Schools Partnership recently announced the winners of the ISP Poetry Competition: 5 students from across 4 schools in the UAE
– Aiman in Year 8, is the winner from Aspen Heights British School and has won 50% off his tuition fee as scholarships for the academic year beginning September 2021
August 2021: International Schools Partnership (ISP) recently announced the winners of the first ISP Poetry Competition. Launched in March, the competition witnessed an impressive participation from hundreds of students, who wrote poems about the UAE and the upcoming celebration of the “Year of the 50th”.
The winners – Aiman (Aspen Heights British School), Jaydeon (Reach British School), Khalid (Nibras International School), Cayden and Feras (The Aquila School) have received a scholarship of 50% on tuition fees at their respective schools for the 2021/2022 academic year. The contest asked for students to create poems about the UAE.
Bharat Mansukhani, Regional Managing Director – Middle East, ISP shares; “We congratulate the winners, and thank all the participants who took the time to share their remarkable poems with us. Students of this generation have so much talent, and it was inspiring to experience the country through their creative lens.”
Aiman, the winner from Aspen Heights British School shared his reaction to finding out he had won. “I was really happy, surprised and couldn’t process what was happening at that point.” he said.
When asked about his inspiration he said: “It took me a week and a half to finish writing my poem. I would say that my inspiration came purely from my English teacher. I wouldn’t have done it if I did not learn about poetry and actually realised that I enjoy writing poems”
And about his favourite thing about the UAE Aiman said, “My favourite thing about the UAE is the fact that it is a mix of the past and the future. It has kept its traditions and culture, but it is so developed and futuristic.”
Aiman’s parents also shared their thoughts: “I am extremely proud of my son, I was really impressed with the vocabulary that he used and the way he expressed his feelings in the poem were beyond my expectations,” said Dr Meskiri.
When Aiman discussed his inspiration with his mom said: “I encouraged him to express how he felt about UAE in the poem.”
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges that included: Alisha Patel (Insta Poet), Musab Biroutieh (Award-winning author and Arabic Teacher at The Aquila School), Rachel Riley (UK’s leading designer for Royal Baby Collection), senior leaders and school Principals from ISP.
“We recognize that Poetry can play an important part in developing a child’s language skills. It encourages creative expression and offers a deeper understanding of sound, rhythm and the use of emotion in language. This is why we launched the competition. The poems we have received, and especially the winning poems, will be shared as we begin celebrating the ‘Year of the 50th’ in our schools,” concluded Mr. Mansukhani.