The Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge is a well established and highly regarded public speaking training and competition project for state schools in London and Essex. Thirty of our Yr 10 students participated in a whole day workshop organised by the History department and led by an external trainer.
As a result of participation in the programme the students learnt to:
· Deliver and present with confidence and impact
· Master the art of speaking without notes or extensive preparation
· Give and receive written and verbal feedback
· Understand the importance of structure
· Speak in front of a group
· Understand the importance of structured arguments
In the afternoon they competed against each other with four finalists going through to the next stage of the competition. They will be delivering their speeches in front of a year group assembly from which only one student will be selected to represent the school at the Regional Final in April 2017.
Their presentations were of a good standard this year and covered all manner of topics including; the importance of community, inspirational heros, the dangers of drugs and the need for optimism in 2017!
Two highly commended presenters were Kaio Souza and Ryan Biggs
Our four finalists going through to the next stage are:
Watch this space for more news about their progress!