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The big reading competition

24. Mar 2021

The big reading competition celebrates its 25th anniversary this year 

The Big Reading Competition celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and has expanded and strengthened significantly over the years and is now held nationally. The final festival of The Big Reading Competition in Hafnarfjörður was held in Víðistaðakirkja yesterday in the presence of representatives from Hafnarfjörður's primary schools, relatives and invited guests. This remarkable competition begins each year on The Icelandic Language Day on 16th of November and ends in March by awarding three students in each district. 

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Professional and beautiful reading by sixteen students 

All primary schools in Hafnarfjörður send two representatives to the competition. At the festival, sixteen students from the 7th grade of the primary schools took the stage and read at text after Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir's and poems by Kristján frá Djúpalæk. All students received recognition and gifts for their performance and encouragement and congratulations from the President of Iceland Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, Lilja Alfreðsdóttir Minister of Education, Rósa Guðbjartsdóttir Mayor of Hafnarfjörður and Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir, author and town artist of Hafnarfjörður 2020, who all honoured the group with their presence. The jury finally selected this years best best readers. Rán Þórarinsdóttir from Setbergsskóli (1st place), Lilja Dís Hjörleifsdóttir from Setbergsskóli (2nd place) and Sigurður Ísak Hlynsson (3rd place) from Hraunvallaskóli. This year the jury consisted of Anna Þorbjörg Ingólfsdóttir, Björk Einisdóttir chairman of the jury, Almar Blær Sigurjónsson and Birgir Örn Guðjónsson. Students from Hafnarfjörður Music School performed with a beautiful instrumental playing, in addition to which students in 4th grade and participants in the Little Reading Competition 2021 made a speech choir, which is one of the characteristics of the Little Reading Competition. 

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Awards for works of art and short stories

At the festival, awards were given for a short story competition among 8th - 10th graders and a competition for the drawing on the invitation card to the final festival. Kolbrún Garðarsdóttir in 10th grade at Hraunvallaskóli received the first place and Marta Björnsdóttir from Öldutúnsskóli the second place. Elísa Lana Sigurjónsdóttir from Víðistaðaskóli and Elísa Kristín Böðvarsdóttir from Skarðshlíðarskóli both in third place. Eyrún Guðmundsdóttir, a student at Lækjarskóli, received recognition for works of art on the invitation of the final festival, but every year students in the sixth grades of the schools take part in a competition for a invitations to the competition.