The PTEM Syair’s club has won third place in the Syair Competition held between secondary schools and sixth form centres in Brunei. The final competition was held on the 20th of April at Jabatan Penerangan. Zuraini, Dirah, Amal, Haliza and Anis were the five students who participated in the competiton along with their mentors Cikgu Azim and Cikgu Hajah Linda.
Syair or poetry recital is not an easy task. In the interview with the participants, they said they had been practicing for two weeks before the competition, and they had spent all their free time to practice for their performance, which shows how passionate and eager the PTEM’s Syair club is to perform well in the competition.
“Our mentors always looked for us and asked us to practice well and maintain our voice and [took care of the] foods we eat,” shared one of the participants. She went on to explain that performing for Syair is much like singing. It requires a lot of vocal practice and a healthy diet.
Even though they were low on confidence, due to being in fourth place during the preliminary rounds, the girls were very happy to be in the top three. They described feeling quiet nervous on the day of the competition because they were the first team to perform, but their nervousness did not get in the way of their performance.
One of the participants, Dirah, shared her thoughts: “If you have talents that can benefit people, never be shy to show them. Never give up on something and always be positive”.
The preliminary round kicked off on 13th of March this year.