February 9, 2018
Senior School News

Public Speaking Success

 

Congratulations to our two public speaking teams who had a very successful evening in the first round heat of the national Winston Churchill Public Speaking Competition.

One of our teams came first and is through to the North East Regional Final on Saturday 3rdMarch, making this the third consecutive year in which a Silcoates team has reached the regional final of this prestigious competition.  As part of our winning team, Kate Sinclair (Year 11) gave a passionate speech about sexism in Hollywood, and Alexander Bowen (Year 11) and Jenny Noble (Year 9) put in brilliant performances as they chaired and questioned a presentation about the cost of Trident.

In our second team, which came third on the night, Oli Rowe (Year 10) spoke persuasively about the war on drugs, whilst the roles of chair and questioner were carried out effectively by Connor Skeldon and Lochlann Kaye (both Year 10) as they responded to a presentation about the value of poetry in today’s world.

Silcoates has a track record of success in this national competition, which is organised by the English Speaking Union, with our 2016 team reaching the national final in Cambridge.  Good luck to Kate, Alexander and Jenny in the next round!

Written by
Michael Collinson

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