February 25, 2021

Recently, 12 students went to Ermystead’s Grammar School for a public speaking competition, in which they had to speak for five minutes each – some with two minutes of impromptu speaking. There were two senior teams, talking on the motions of ‘Should Homework Be Banned?’ and ‘Is Veganism the Best Way To Fight Climate Change?’, and two junior teams, talking about ‘Should Violent Video Games Be Banned?’ and ‘Should Smoking Be Banned?’. All speeches were extremely engaging and presented good pros and cons for their respective motions – the chair people summed up brilliantly.

Even though our bus arrived late, within the Junior section, we didn’t let that phase us: won both Best Speaker and Best Overall Team. Unfortunately, we did not take any senior trophies home, as we were the youngest team entered and maybe needed some more experience; that aside, all teams did brilliantly.

When asked, one of the competitors said that the event “was good overall, the speeches were really interesting because they made you think about other worldly issues. It wasn’t very stressful, due to the teachers being supportive”. Though all teams worked on a tighter schedule than they were used to – two weeks for everything – everyone did brilliantly. As previously mentioned, all teachers involved (Dr. Garrido, Miss. Shar, Miss. Lister, Mr. Urwin) were wonderfully supportive, and really helped when writing and thinking of performing our speeches. We can’t thank them enough for their contributions.

Altogether, the event was a wonderful success and extremely enjoyable. We are looking forward to the next one!

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