This year's Year 8 Public Speaking contest took place at the start of April and all the students who took part did brilliantly, speaking clearly and knowledgably about their chosen topics in front of their year group, tutors and the English teaching staff. There were lots of nerves prior to the actual competition, but on the day, each group performed superbly and covered a wide range of topics between them including young people and mental health, terrorism, the student voice, learning sign language, milk prices and crime levels.
After much deliberation, the judges (Mr J Hellyer, Head of Year 8 and Mrs E Stitfall, Head of English) awarded the prizes to:
1st Place - Tallulah H and Lilly W, 'Student Voice'
2nd Place - Abigal T, Tegan S and Emily H, 'Mental Health'
3rd Place - Lucy B and Robyn B, 'Bringing Sign Language to the Curriculum'
Congratulations to all the participants:
Harrison E, Callum E (Milk Prices)
Milan C, Shayla B (Youth Crime)
Masie W and Cerys B (Terrorism)
All the Year 8 students have spent the past term working in small groups to prepare speeches on any topic of their choice. Each class then voted for who they thought was the best in their group and each class winner then took part in the finals held in the school hall in front of the whole year group.
A huge well done goes to all the speakers and to all of Year 8 who were so supportive of them throughout.
English teacher Miss Hardy said, "I am extremely proud of the whole Year 8 cohort, in particular our finalists who presented themselves with maturity, confidence and passion. They worked tirelessly to produce well-written, rehearsed and entertaining speeches; I am certainly one over-joyed English teacher! Well done to all involved."