Lee Pagotto, 8, recites his version of a poem titled The Crazy Teacher Show by Bruce Lansky at the Gift of the Gab competition in Alstonville yesterday.
Lee Pagotto, 8, recites his version of a poem titled The Crazy Teacher Show by Bruce Lansky at the Gift of the Gab competition in Alstonville yesterday.

Students delight crowd

TEACHERS were juggling maths books, dancing with bears and yodelling at St Joseph's Primary School in Alstonville yesterday.

Not in the literal sense, but in the imagination of a third-grader, Lee Pagotto, who was one of 46 students from kinder to Grade 6 who took part in the annual Gift of the Gab competition held at the school.

With humorous poetry the preferred choice of most of the younger entrants, eight-year-old Lee chose the poem The Crazy Teacher Show, by Bruce Lansky, and adapted its lines to poke a bit of fun at his teachers, much to the delight of the audience.

I have an important announcement.

I want everyone to know.

On Monday all classes are cancelled,

The teachers will put on a show.

Miss Schmidt will be juggling maths books,

Miss Lovett will dance with a bear.

Mrs Condon and Mr Coyle will yodel.

Miss Wagner will tear out her hair.

“I found the poem on the internet,” a buzzing Lee Pagotto said after his energetic Crazy Teachers recital.

“I've been practising twice a day. It's fun. You can see everyone's interested and laughing. I made up the actions myself.”

The Gift of the Gab competition at the school is now in its eighth year, said Stephanie Hunt, a parent co-ordinator of the school's Enrichment Activities Group.

The event is organised by parent volunteers with the aim of giving children experience in public speaking, presentation skills and improving their self-confidence.

Students performing in the competition had a couple of months to choose their poem, put it to memory and practise their movements, with points awarded for both verbal and non-verbal components.

“This is the biggest year we've had, with 46 entrants,” Ms Hunt said.

“And you can really see how the quality of the performances has improved over the years.”

Every child who participates receives a certificate, while placegetters receive book voucher prizes, Ms Hunt said.



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