Alhuda International School held it’s 1st Speech & Poetry Competition on Thursday 26th September 2013 at the auditorium of Al-Huda International Institute, H11 campus.
By the grace of Allah (swt) 114 finalists of six categories participated in the event. The categories were divided in the three languages taught at AIS; Urdu, English & Arabic.
The purpose of this event was to enable our students to express their ideas creatively and with confidence in front of an audience. It was a means to improve articulation in our young speakers as well as develop leadership qualities in them. Students were given the opportunity to express themselves with conviction. We believe that this is an essential skill that every Muslim should possess, and AIS aims to inculcate this skill within all its students Insha’Allah.
The event began with a beautiful recitation of Surah al-Fatiha that resonated throughout the hall. Students presented poems and speeches which they has composed by themselves, before a large audience. Students of grades I to VI performed on stage with zeal and high spirits, Masha’Allah. The audience praised Allah (swt) with takbeeraat which echoed in the hall throughout the event; this tradition is a means of encouragement for students. Parents, students and staff were overwhelmed with joy.
Three winners from each grade proudly held 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions. The decision by honorable panel of judges was respected by everyone. However, all contestants felt content when they were re-assured by our special guest who stated that “all contestants are winners”. All participants were given a prize and the event concluded with a speech by our chief guests Dr. Zaitoon and Dr. Farhat Hashmi.
Students of AlHuda International School had a wonderful experience. It has given them the drive to continue brushing up their writing skills as well as competence for performing. We are all eagerly looking forward to next year’s contest Insha’Allah where we hope to bring more ‘art with words’.