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ESU-Mauritius Newsletter - June 2012

ESU-Mauritius Newsletter - June 2012

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ESU MAURITIUS – 6
TH
FLOOR, KEN LEE BUILDING, 20 EDITH CAVELL STREET, PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUSTEL: (230) 208-8591 FAX: (230) 213 6543 EMAIL:esumau@intnet.muWeb: esumauritius.org
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NEWSLETTERTHE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION
Mauritius Branch
 
Creating global understanding through English Issue No. 36  June 2012
Inside this issue Page
2012 Public SpeakingCompetition………….….….. 2International Public SpeakingCompetition………………..... 3Commonwealth DayObservance ………..…….…
 
4Jubilee Time Capsule…….…. 4Annual General Meeting …... 4ESU Globe EducationCultural Seminar …………… 4ESU International……………. 4National Spelling BeeCompetition ………………… 5E-Teacher ScholarshipProgramme ……………….... 6Tell A Tale Workshop………. 6Miscellaneous …………….… 6Toastmasters AnnualConvention………………….. 7The Global Debate &Public Policy Forum ………… 7
Aruna Beedassy waschosen on the basis of heroutstanding
performance
Mr Mohamad A. Vayid,GOSK, CMG, President of ESU-Mauritius
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
This has been an eventful intervening period, during which we had the Public Speakingcompetition, the Spelling Bee Competition and the International Public SpeakingCompetition which I was able to attend in London in May.We have had various Council and sub-committee meetings during which important issueswere discussed and our annual dinner was planned and a Chief Guest identified.We are now in a position to introduce Attendance fees for Council members and theExecutive Committee members approved proposals to review the salary levels of ourpersonnel. In the process, the Executive Assistant is now restyled Executive Manager.I was very impressed with the organisation and management of the International PublicSpeaking Competition at the HSBC Headquarters in Canary Wharf, London. The eventran like clockwork and was highly professional. The finalists were all very talented andthe performance of the Winner and Runner-up was brilliant. They truly deserved theirprizes.In light of this experience, we need to prepare our candidates better and make themmore effective as Speakers. Fortunately talent is not scarce in our schools and we haveproved that we can compete with the best successfully.But standards are improving all the time and we cannot afford to rest on our laurels.Time is for better coaching and practice. I hope participating schools will take up thischallenge.With all best wishes,Mohamad A. Vayid, GOSK, CMGPresident, ESU-Mauritius
E-TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP FUNDED THROUGH THE USDEPARTMENT OF STATE AND HOSTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND,BALTIMORE COUNTY CAMPUS – JULY 21 TO AUGUST 11, 2012
 
Every year, five teachers are nominated by ESU and USEmbassy to follow the “E-Teacher Scholarship programme” whichis an innovative on-line graduate level programme offered bythe US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational andCultural Affairs to English teaching professionals worldwide.The best participants are then invited to travel to the States foran exciting 3-week programme, specifically designed bytrainers from the University of Maryland and the University ofOregon.Mrs Aruna Beedassy, Educator at Phoenix State SecondarySchool, is amongst the 26 “English as a Foreign Language” (EFL)educators from around the world who have been selected on thebasis of their outstanding performance in their respective onlineE-Teacher courses and regional distribution.ESU would like to congratulate Mrs Beedassy and wish her anenriching and exciting experience in the States.
 
 
 
ESU MAURITIUS – 6
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FLOOR, KEN LEE BUILDING, 20 EDITH CAVELL STREET, PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUSTEL: (230) 208-8591 FAX: (230) 213 6543 EMAIL:esumau@intnet.muWeb: esumauritius.org
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THE FINALS OF THE 2012 PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNIONSPONSORED BY HSBC BANK (MAURITIUS) AND THE BRITISH COUNCIL
Sidharth Deepchand (right) of College du St Esprit, Winner of the2012 Public Speaking Competition, with Yuri Mulleegadoo of Royal College Port Louis (runner-up)
The Finals of the Public Speaking Competition was held onThursday 29
th
March 2012 at the Town Hall of Curepipe.This year, a total of 109 students in Mauritius and inRodrigues took part in the competition.At the 7 qualifying heats in Mauritius and in Rodrigues,participants were allowed a free choice of subjects fortheir speeches, thus enabling them to reflect on a numberof important issues and to share their views with otherstudents.This year, ESU brought a major change to the competition.At the semi-finals, participants had to deliver animpromptu speech from a list of 3 topics given to them 15minutes in advance.Nine participants (including the winner of Rodrigues’competition) reached the Finals and were asked to delivera speech on the theme “The Wisdom of Youth”.The adjudicating panel comprising Ms Dawn Long,Director of the British Council, H.E. Mr Nick Leake, BritishHigh Commissioner and Mr Steve Paris, HSBC Head ofHuman Resources, declared Sidharth Deepchand ofCollege du St Esprit as the 2012 National Winner. YuriMulleegadoo of Royal College Port Louis was the runner-up.Mr Steve Parish said: “I was impressed by both theenthusiasm shown by the students and the high degree ofliteracy they demonstrated. The topics chosen were veryinteresting. I wish to convey my appreciation to ESU forcreating such an opportunity for the young people ofMauritius. I hope that the students will keep up the goodwork.”Sidharth represented Mauritius at the ESU InternationalPublic Speaking Competition (IPSC) where he met theNational winners of some 53 countries and competedagainst them.The Finalists for the 2012 Public Speaking Competitionwere:
 
Sidharth Deepchand of College du St Esprit
 
Yashvi Ramparsad of Droopnath Ramphul S C
 
Veeneshwary Choytun of Forest Side SSS
 
Davina Mungroo of Loreto College Curepipe
 
Simmy Runganaikaloo of Mahatma Gandhi SS-
Solferino
 
 
Sweta Daboo of Queen Elizabeth College
 
Charline François of Rodrigues College
 
Akshaye Dev Gunnoo of Royal College Curepipe
 
Yuri Mulleegadoo of Royal College Port LouisOur warmest thanks and gratitude to our Sponsors (HSBC,British Council, Air Mauritius, Bookcourt and the MunicipalCouncil of Curepipe) and to all those involved in theCompetition : Mr Sanjit Teelock - Master of Ceremony,Judges, host schools, participating schools andparticipants).Prior to the semi-finals, ESU organized workshops onpublic speaking skills to help participants improve theirspeaking skills and enhance their overall performance atthe semi-finals and the finals.The two–days intensive workshops on Speaking Skillswere held on two consecutive Saturdays, 18
th
and 25
th
 February 2012 at College du St Esprit and were run byMr Barlen Vyapoory, a member of the ExecutiveCommittee of the English-Speaking Union.Many participants were first-time speakers. They weretaught how to speak confidently, clearly and engagingly.They were given tips on:
 
Voice projection and vocal variety
 
Using the space on stage,
 
How to organize a speech
 
The place of humour and the importance of beingnatural
 
Time management
 
Common grammatical mistakes
 
Delivery of impromptu speeches.
Creating global understanding through English
Mr BarlenVyapooryhelped students togainconfidenceto speak infront of anaudience.
 
 
ESU MAURITIUS – 6
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FLOOR, KEN LEE BUILDING, 20 EDITH CAVELL STREET, PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUSTEL: (230) 208-8591 FAX: (230) 213 6543 EMAIL:esumau@intnet.muWeb: esumauritius.org
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Creating global understanding through English
INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION – MAY 2012
Friday 18
th
May 2012, HSBC Headquarters, Canary Wharf, London.
Malaysia wins the 31
st
International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) run bythe English-Speaking Union (ESU) in London
Eighteen year-old, Marina Tan Hsien Wei, the representative of ESU Malaysia bested 53international participants in a nail-biting Grand Final of the International Public SpeakingCompetition held on Friday 18
th
May 2012.Marina is the first Malaysian champion in the ESU elocution contest. She was able to showoff her verbal prowess after clinching the top prize of a five-day, four-night all-expense-paid trip to London. Marina wowed the judges with her speech entitled “The GameChangers” which spoke about youth activism.After a week of entertainment, training, and cultural exchange, the competition began onThursday 17
th
May with all 53 competitors delivering their speeches centred round thetheme of the year
"The Head or the Heart”.
The grand finalists were : Martin from Denmark, Simran from Canada, Ramon from HongKong, Marina from Malaysia, Stephen from South Africa and Chen from China.Marina from Malaysia was the winner. Chen from China was the runner up and Stephenfrom South Africa won the Audience Choice Award.Organized by the English-Speaking Union every year, the International Public Speakingcompetition is one of the most popular programme for all branches of the English-SpeakingUnion.ESU-MAURITIUS was represented by our National Winner, Sidharth Deepchand whodelivered his speech entitled “The inner conflict”. Adjudicators reported that thecompetition, at all stages, was very tough this year.Although Sidharth did not reach the Finals, he nevertheless was an excellent speaker andESU-Mauritius congratulates him for his performance.
Champion speaker: MarinaTan Hsien Wei posing with hertrophy in London.Sidharth Deepchand,National Winner, PSC 2012
“Very few moments are bookmarked in the golden book of life and are a reminder of howenriching life can truly be. I was lucky to live, experience and enjoy such a beautifulmoment. IPSC was that moment, those five days will inspire me for my whole life. Fivedays of unlimited fun, lifelong friends and an abyss of personality building knowledge.It gave me an amazing perception of how diversity can come together with such comfort of expression. 53 countries, 1platform and yet it did not feel like we were meeting for the first time. The urge for expression left no time for thinking thatyesterday we were unknown to each other. That common light of socialization, made us grow into each other and at the endof those five days my heart was full of tears. The company of so many wonderful people and such fascinating organizationetched unforgettable memories in my heart.Planet Hollywood, Pizza express and other finely-chosen restaurants truly pleased a food-lover like me. The traditionalLondon red bus tour; the giggles and laughs, the jokes and singing, everything seems so fresh in the mind and lively in myheart. Visits to Kensington Palace, Green Park and Westminster Abbey gave us a small glimpse of the impressive city London.Bowling and Karaoke at Queen’s ice and bowl, the euphoria of the addicting beauty of the Shrek musical and those brilliantlyenriching workshops made those five days educational as well as packed with entertainment.Words are not enough to describe the experience of IPSC; it was a lifetime, an unforgettable experience. I wish that I couldrelive those days, those memories that I will always cherish deep down in my soul.I thank the English-Speaking Union, IPSC and that powerful world of public speaking. IPSC also taught me that improvement isnever-ending and I am grateful for that experience, the experience that is bookmarked in my golden book of life”.
Sidhardh tells us about his experience in London :
“Words are not enough to describe that wonderful experience”.

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