Convent High School Celebrates Literacy Week

Last Updated: Sunday, 30 September 2012 Published: Friday, 18 April 2008 Written by Kimone Joseph

The staff and students of Convent High School celebrated Literacy Week from Monday, 14 April to Friday, 18 April under theme “Dominican Writers: Celebrating the Journey Together.” The staff members of the English Department along with a few students led the daily assemblies. Each day, a special guest was invited to speak to the school on the importance of reading and experiencing Dominican literature.

On Monday, during the opening ceremony, Chief Education Officer and playwright, Stephenson Hyacinth addressed the students.

“I want you to develop an appreciation for reading of local literature,” said Hyacinth. “These deal with the things that are unique to Dominica and show the ways of life of our people.”

Hyacinth also shared his experiences as a playwright and encouraged students to view local plays.

On Wednesday, playwright, songwriter and performer, Mr. Alex “King Pawole” Bruno spoke on the importance of using reading and writing as a form of expression. Bruno amazed students and staff by reciting excerpts from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar that he had read as a high school student. He also sang a few verses of his calypsos.

Thursday was the highlight of the week. The students of the CHS Creative Writers Club led the assembly. That afternoon, the first-ever DEF Dominican Poetry Recital was held in the school’s auditorium from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. There, students and staff performed their original poems. Over fifty poems were performed that afternoon.

Lit Week

On Friday, the Literacy Week of activities came to a close with special guest, songwriter and performer, Chester “Daddy Chess” Letang. After speaking to the students about how poetry impacted his life, Letang sang his popular calypso “Forward We Go.”

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