REVIVING THE STORY-TELLING TRADITION

The finals for the Tri-Lingual Story-telling Competition were held on 17 May at Wisma Smart Reader® I. The competition was organised by Smart Reader® Worldwide, the leading provider of early childhood education in Malaysia to assess the children’s comprehension and language fluency as well as provide the children a creative outlet to express and explore themselves and their talents constructively and creatively.

Present during the competition were the Group Executive Director of Smart Reader® Worldwide, Datin Sri Dato’ Dr K H Wang, Executive Director of Smart Reader® Worldwide, Kevan Ong, esteemed judges, staff of Smart Reader® Worldwide, franchisees, teachers and family members of the participants, as well as Smart and Jack, the much loved mascots of Smart Reader® Worldwide.

The competition brought together 34 children between the ages of five to six throughout Peninsular Malaysia, comprising students from the Smart Reader Kids® classic, Mandarin medium and Smart Tadris® programmes.

Donned in elaborate and colourful costumes, their stories ranged widely from highly imaginative to inspirational and more. They brought to life the sights and sounds of the many characters from their stories for a chance to win attractive prizes.

While waiting for the results, the audience was kept enthralled with fascinating performances by the students of Smart Reader Kids® Desa Sri Hartamas and Smart Reader Kids® Damansara Heights. These children performed original Smart Reader Kids® songs and choral speaking respectively.

Results were announced at the end of the competition. In the Bahasa Malaysia category, the first place went to KaryssaLyraFaizal from Smart Reader Kids® Desa Sri Hartamas, second place went to Nurish Dania Shahrizan from Smart Reader Kids® Phase 1 SetiaTropika, Johor Bahru and the third place winner was Arianna Faiz from Smart Reader Kids® Taman Nusa Idaman I, Nusajaya, Johor.

Meanwhile for the Mandarin category, Ng Yee Rau and How Yen Ling from Smart Reader Kids® Nusa Idaman I, Nusajaya Johor were announced the first place and second place winners respectively. The third place went to Tan Qi Wei from Smart Reader Kids® Taman Kempas Utama, Johor Bahru.

For the English category, first place went to Yireeshan A/L Loganathan from Smart Reader Kids® Sea Park, Petaling Jaya and JestineSengZhi Ting and Eunice Yap Pei Yin both from Smart Reader Kids® Taman Molek, Johor Bahru got the second and third place respectively.

The champion centres for Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and English categories went to Smart Reader Kids® Desa Sri Hartamas, Smart Reader Kids® Nusa Idaman I and Smart Reader Kids® Sea Park.

The prizes for first place winners were RM1000, a trophy and certificate, second place winners walked away with RM800, a trophy and certificate, while third place winners received RM500, a trophy and certificate. Other participants received consolation prizes comprising a hamper and certificate.

The Group Executive Director of Smart Reader® Worldwide, Datin Sri Dato’ Dr K H Wang said, “In comparison to our previous story-telling competitions held for English and Mandarin languages,  I am delighted that today our little storytellers are able to articulate their stories in English, Bahasa Malaysia and the Mandarin language with creative flair and great confidence.”

“Our little ones have indeed gone far in their journey to enhance their language abilities and learning capacity, and I believe story-telling is a good platform to promote articulation, self-expression, confidence and memory power. Through story-telling, children are given the opportunity to learn and understand moral values. As the children develop their oratory skills, they too learn to express their thoughts and feelings by empathising the characters in the stories they tell.  Story-telling is indeed a tool to promote and foster closer relationships among children of different cultures, race and beliefs.”

“However, the most amazing element in story-telling is it stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world around them. In my heart, all the children here today are all winners already,” said Datin Sri.

Sponsors for the competition were Kluang Station, Cotra Enterprise SdnBhd and Maestro Swiss Trading SdnBhd (Vico).