The judges of our annual Public Speaking Competition were bowled over by this year’s participants who went above and beyond to share their passion.
Powerful speeches were delivered by twenty students covering topics such as self-expression, democracy, technology and pollution. Other speeches addressed animal cruelty, gender, mental health and equality.
Judges were impressed with the in-depth research that had gone into students’ presentations and the knowledge that was demonstrated about their chosen subjects.
Following a tough semi-final, Maisy in Year 8, Livvy in Year 9, Aisha in Year 10 along with Cameron and Cheuk Laam in Year 11 were selected to go through to the finals. Every finalist rose to the challenge and spoke passionately about the issues that they feel strongly about.
After much deliberation, judges announced this year’s winner as Cheuk Laam, whose informative speech on Peace, Justice and Human Rights captivated the audience and left everyone feeling well informed on the issues that she covered. Cheuk Laam was awarded £50 in high street shopping vouchers alongside a special trophy and certificate.
Second place was awarded to Aisha for her presentation; Racism and Culture, with third place going to Cameron who gave a thought-provoking insight into Mental Health.
It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of an audience, particularly your peers, to deliver a speech. Congratulations to all of our participants who showed real endeavour by entering the competition. We are sure that the experience will have helped to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence and will make a difference when you undertake new challenges in the future. We are very proud of you all!