Region Five Children’s Mash Competition sparkles
DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, February 14, 2018
There was much colour, glitter, and festivity as the Region Five, Department of Education, last week hosted its annual Mashramani Children’s Competition at the Mahaicony Playground.
Over a four-day period, the large crowds that turned out to witness the shows were entertained by the various schools between Bygeval to the West and Ithaca to the East of the Education District.
Students put their best foot forward in the various performances; calypso, dance, dramatic poetry, masquerade, physical fitness, hip-hop and jump rope categories. The various age groups participating were: 5 – 7; 8 -10; 11- 13; and 14 – 17. There was also a special costume display by the students from Bygeval Secondary School.
Competing for the first time was St. Francis Primary which is situated some ninety-two miles up the Mahaicony River. Through the David G 3Bs initiative, the students were able to complete the three-hour journey comfortably in a faster vessel. The school’s performance was warmly received by the appreciative audience.
The presentations were of a high standard especially among those participating in dramatic poetry and the dance segments. Representing Number Five Primary School in the 8-10 age group, Benneka George wowed the audience with a poem entitled, ‘Voice of a Street Child’ and received a standing ovation halfway through her performance. The applause continued long after she had exited the stage. There were other outstanding performances from Alisha Fraser representing Novar Secondary with a dance in the 11-13 group, while calypsonian, Oshay Roberts, representing Hopetown Primary School, in the 8-10 age group delivered and is expected to win her category.
There was a trophy on offer for first, second and third place in each category and each winner is will represent Region Five at the finals which will include children from all the other regions.
By: Tanuja Raikha
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