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ASIBA Poetry Competition

ASIBA Poetry Competition 2018 ‘Seasons’ 

ASIBA is  delighted to announce the results of this year’s poetry competition, ”Seasons”.  Congratulations to all the young poets and their mentors.

71 poems from 28 ASIBA schools were read by 15 panels of dedicated, volunteer teachers, to select finalists in each category, Junior (troisième /seconde) and Senior (première / terminale).

Dr Celia O’Donovan, Cambridge Inspector for Language and literature once again agreed to judge the competition, selecting a winner and runner-up in both Junior and Senior categories.   She remarks:

This year I was particularly struck by the quality of the junior entries which showed a mature and impressive handling of language, image and adherence to the theme.  There were some very good poems in both categories and the choice is always hard.  As usual, my decision is based on the relevance of the poem to the theme, the use of language and the originality and impact of the approach.  Sometimes simplicity and clarity win out. These young poets should be very proud of their efforts – their work was a delight to read.

ASIBA sponsored poetry anthologies as prizes.   First prize-winners won a copy of A Poem for every day of the year  edited by Allie Esiri and runners-up each won a copy of The Rattle Bag  edited by Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney.

Click here to read the poems and see the results.

The annual ASIBA Poetry Competition open to all students in a British or Anglophone international section was launched in 2015 around the theme ‘Remembrance’.  Please click here to see the results and the winning poems.

The theme for 2016 was  ‘Bridges’ and in 2017 we chose ‘Persuasion’ to mark Jane Austen’s bicentenary.  The winning poems have been published by ‘The Five One Rev.1ew’ run by former OIB students Olivier and Francois Holmey and can be found at Bridges and Persuasion.

If you have any questions, please contact Olive Kavanagh at

Model United Nations (MUN)

A number of Model United Nations conferences are hosted by international sections around France each year.  Please contact the person below if you would like your section to participate:

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