On Wednesday 13th January, seven Year 8 students took part in the Rotary’s ‘Youth Speaks’ Public Speaking Competition held at Richard Huish.
The students had to speak for 10 minutes on a topic of their choice, with the main speaker having a whopping 6 minutes of uninterrupted time to explore their chosen subject.
Annie Di Trolio spoke about ‘If Instagram shut down for the day’ supported by Sophie Lenton and Oliver Hale, while Emily Cooper discussed the impact of ‘Back to the Future’ with both Deiniol Brown and Amy Hasell. Both teams were ably supported by our reserve Annabel Brannan who was ready to jump in at a moment’s notice if disaster should occur.
While neither team are progressing to the next round of the competition, they performed brilliantly. Katy Gough, English teacher and organiser of the school’s debate and public speaking group said “I am absolutely thrilled with the quality of the speeches Kingsmead wrote, practised and performed. It is an incredibly intimidating experience to speak in front of a large audience and everyone did themselves, and Kingsmead, proud.”