On Tuesday, three Year 8 pupils took part in the annual Rotary Club Youth Speaks competition at The Riverside Centre, Newport. As part of the English Gifted, Talented and Passionate programme, these pupils had been working hard in a weekly enrichment hour to create their speech on the topic of the world wars, and develop their public speaking skills and confidence. Sam B, Tia S and Ethan E-L had to learn the rules of public speaking including the role of the chairperson, timing restrictions and how to propose a vote of thanks.
On the night, despite their nerves, our pupils impressed the judges and other members of The Rotary Club with the emotional and increasingly relevant content of their speech, their eloquent delivery and their ability to answer very challenging questions with confidence and clarity. As quoted by the High Sheriff, opening the event, our pupils should be immensely proud of their achievements for participating in such a challenging event.
“I am immensely proud of Tia, Sam and Ethan not only for their hard work and commitment to this event, but for being outstanding representatives of the school.” – Mrs Williams.