Poetry in Voice 2016

Poetry In Voice is a recitation contest for high school students in Canada.

Students memorize and recite poems chosen from among the hundreds in our online anthology. By learning poems by heart, students develop lifelong relationships with poetry while improving their language, public speaking, and memorization skills.

The contest begins in the classroom. Top-scoring students, selected from across the country, win a trip with their teachers to the National Finals in the spring. More than $75,000 in travel and prizes are awarded each year.


ESA’s in-school championship round is fast approaching.  English teachers are organising classroom competitions.  Classroom winners will move forward to the school finals…  to be held in the Library after school on Tuesday February 16th.


  • your English (or French) class is NOT participating in Poetry in Voice, or
  • you don’t have English (or French) on your timetable…

Please… send an e-mail to enid.wray@tdsb.on.ca ASAP.

You will be sent a package of information, as well as a link to sign up for an after-school workshop to help you prepare your recitations.

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ESA’s Own Book Club: Our books have arrived!

Attention all Book Club members… our books have arrived!

  • Books have gone to teacher mailboxes for delivery to students tomorrow, Thursday January 14th.
  • Book Club members should check their e-mail for distribution details and to find the materials and links for choosing our next book.


Would you like to join ESA’s Own Book Club?

  • Our next meeting is on the calendar for Wednesday March 2nd, from 7pm – 9pm, in the Library at ESA.
  • New members are always welcome.
  • We have a lovely assortment of  staff, students, parents, and grads as members of our Book Club.

Our next book is our YA pick for the year, Soldier Doll by Jennifer Gold….  one of this year’s White Pine selections from the  OLA Forest of Reading  programme for schools and libraries.

  • We met on Jan 6th to discuss Michael Christie‘s Giller nominated novel If I Fall, If I Die.
  • We had a very lively – indeed fulsome – discussion.
  • All assembled were in general agreement that it was a literary gem of a book.

Please fill out this Google Form if you would like to join us to read and discuss books with us. 

  • We have a couple of extra copies of Soldier Doll available for immediate delivery!