Success for St Mary’s at Youth Speaks
This year’s Rotary Youth Speaks competition began on Friday 20th January with much success for St Mary’s, whose Year 9 Intermediate team go forward to the next round, while Senior team member Avneet won Best Speaker in the competition. Hosted this year at St Mary’s, this annual national public speaking competition gives young people the opportunity to write and deliver their own speeches in a formal environment. In teams of three, the pupils work together as a Chair, Main Speaker and Vote of Thanks. The Main Speaker speaks for six minutes on a topic of their choice, while the Chair introduces the speaker and the topic and the Vote of Thanks sums up the main points.
This year’s topics included, from the Intermediate teams, ‘Opinions’ by the St Mary’s Year 9 team (Khyati, Kat and Cara), ‘Why? The eternal question’ from the St Mary’s Year 7 and 8 team (Polly and Lucy, Year 7, and Daisy, Year 8), and ‘Terrible Technology’ from the team from Thorpe House school. The Senior Section was between ‘A dangerous woman is a great woman’ from the St Mary’s Year 10 team (Ruby, Millie and Avneet) and Thorpe House with ‘Interminable Irritations’.
The judges praised the competitors particularly this year for their strong teamwork, uses of pause and changes of tone of voice, humour and interacting with the audience. Avneet proposed a particularly powerful Vote of Thanks, which earned her the Howard Enzor trophy for the Best Individual Speaker in the competition. The judges praised Avneet not just for the way she presented, but also for the content of her speech. This trophy returns to St Mary’s for the second year running, having been won by Annicke last year.
Congratulations to all the speakers and best of luck to the Year 9s who go on to compete again in the next round of the competition.