19 December 2019

Over the last few weeks, all of Year 7 have been working hard to write and deliver a speech on a topic that’s important to them.  These speeches were then delivered in class to their peers.

Two students from each class* were then selected to present their speech to the whole of Year 7 in a competition.  Quite a scary challenge!

Throughout the process, all students demonstrated incredible confidence and resilience.  Some were genuinely daunted but overcame their nerves and presented engaging speeches.  It was great not just to see the relief, but also the pride the students clearly felt in themselves and their achievement.

Our winner was Alex E who talked passionately about his brother Elliot and his disability - bringing some of the audience to tears. 1st runner up was Grace D who talked engagingly about homophobia and discrimination, and 2nd runner up was Katie H who spoke about the RSPCA.

For their triumph, Headteacher Mr Eastham, presented the three winners with their certificates and chocolate goodies - winner Alex also took away the glamorous trophy! 

Head of English, Mrs Gidden, said, "The audience were incredible as was Mr Taylor as compere - thanks also go to the judges and Mrs Farley and Mr Eastham for their role in presentations. The 11 finalists were awesome and we struggled to whittled it down - well done to Alex, Grace and Katie!"

Our 11 finalists were: Alex E, Grace D, Katie H, Leon A, Harry C, Ryan H, Theo C, Elvi M, Abbi T, Henry S, Rhema A-M.  (*one finalist withdrew)