At lunchtime on Wednesday 16th October, forty- three upper school students and five members of staff gathered in the gymnasium for the annual Patricia Lambert public speaking competition. Students spoke for between three and six minutes on a range of issues including: animal rights, social media and ‘British values’. The competitors (two from each of Years 7- 10) had been selected by their peers to participate in the final after the preliminary rounds which were held in the English department earlier in the term. The standard of the speeches was uniformly high and the judges (Mrs Nicholas, Mrs Wright, Ms Naseem and Mr Evans) were particularly impressed by the level of research, confidence and fluency displayed by the competitors.
Choosing the winners and runners up was not an easy task but in the end the following was decided:
- Year 7 winner – Shona, runner up – Sherbano
- Year 8 winner – Natasha, runner up – Kaira
- Year 9 winner – Hafsa, runner up – Larissa
- Year 10 winner – Naima
Natasha was also judged to be the overall winner and we look forward to her delivering her speech to students, teachers and parents at the forthcoming awards evening.