Category Archives: Youth Speaks

Devizes Rotary Youth Speaks Article in Nursteed School News Letter

Mr Heath, the Nursteed Community Primary School Headteacher, mentioned that the competition was a good learning activity for the children. The school has consistently participated in the annual Devizes Rotary Youth Speaks event, thus underlining the value the school places upon it.

Devizes Rotary Youth Speaks Competition 2018

From Jean Allen
Devizes Rotary Youth Speaks Organiser

Devizes Rotary’s annual Youth Speaks competition has come round again with a record entry of 12 teams from years 5 and 6 of 7 local schools. This event gives young people the opportunity to express themselves effectively whilst also encouraging a high standard of public speaking in a formal situation.

Nursteed School again hosted the event on the 16th March. The selection of topics was impressive ranging from ‘Plastics in the Sea’ to ‘Donald Trumps Nuclear button’! The teams of 4 to 5 members consisting of a Chairperson, Proposer a Speaker (or speakers) and members talk for about 10mins to an audience of parents and teachers before answering questions from the adjudicators.

The standard was very high but the winners were the team from Nursteed Community Primary School speaking on ‘Plastic Pollution’. The quality of their delivery, the level of the research and the response to the questions were most impressive to the adjudicators.

Congratulations to the team and their teacher Amanda Dunstone!

There was also a special prize for the most outstanding speaker and this was awarded to Jake Hinkman from Woodborough C of E Primary School. He was so obviously passionately interested in contrasting the Greek and Roman Gods.

Congratulations to Jake!

Devizes Rotary Youth Speaks 2017

The annual Youth Speaks Competition, organised by the Rotary Club of Devizes, was won by the team from St Nicholas Primary School, Bromham. Seven teams of 4-5 students each met at the Nursteed Community Primary School on March 24 in an event designed to improve the public speaking skills and confidence of participants.

Each team spoke for 10-15 minutes in front of an audience of parents, families, teachers and Rotarians on topics ranging from Donald Trump’s Mexican Wall to The Victorians. The winning team from St Nicholas spoke on Crime and Punishment Through History.

A special prize for the most outstanding individual speaker went to Evan Dummett from Rowde Church of England School – his team spoke about the RAF in World War II.

St Nicholas School Team 2 with Evan Dummet from Rowde CofE Primary in the centre

Organiser Jean Allen, from the Rotary Club, said: “The adjudicators were particularly impressed with the passion of delivery, the level of research and the capable way the young people dealt with summarising and answering the questions from the floor. The calibre of all the teams was outstanding, and it was a very close result.”

Here are details of each entry:

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

  • Teacher: Laura Wilcox
  • Subject: Donald Trump – Should a wall be built between Mexico and America?
  • Team: Athena Hopkins (Chair), Emily Chamminas (Speaker), Olivia Campbell (Proposer)
  • Notes: Year 6 have written to Donald Trump regarding this wall and it was thought that the year 5 would like to be involved in this discussion as well. The team are from year 5.

St Nicholas VC Primary School

  • Teacher: Jess Geary
  • Subject 1: Woodland Wanderers
  • Team 1: Amy Hulford(Chair), Lucy Farroll (Speaker), Isabella Bayley (Proposer), Alice Lawrence (Member), Dylan Cottee (Member).
  • Notes: Woodland Wanderers is our school’s version of Forest School. The children attend Woodland Wanderers throughout their time at school and it provides invaluable learning experiences and opportunities.
  • Subject 2: Crime and Punishment through History
  • Team 2: Emma Heal (Chair), Lloyd McKendrick (Speaker), Laura Begent (Proposer), Alex Body (Member), Stevie Harris (Member).
  • Notes: This topic caught the imagination of the children last term. They will talk about what interested them most and how learning was brought to life in the classroom.

Rowde Church of England Primary Academy

  • Teachers: Sue Hulford and Claire Tarrant
  • Subject 1: World War 2
  • Team 1: Evie Skinner (Chair), Isabelle Sartin (Speaker), Evan Dummett (Proposer)
  • Notes: Discussing WW2 day, the main historical events of WW2, life in Britain during the war and the effect on clothing. Hoping to bring Artifacts from WW2.
  • Subject 2: The Victorians
  • Team 2: Kahlia Rutherford (Chair), Mya James (Speaker), Maddison Harris (Proposer),
  • Notes: Investigating life in a Victorian family, the dangers in the home and Queen Victoria. Kacey Smith (Member), Freya Jeffries (Member). All Year 5

Nursteed Community Primary School

  • Teacher: Amanda Dunstone
  • Subject 1: Feminism
  • Team: Emily Rees (Chair), Gemma Haynes (Speaker), Joe Barker (Proposer), Holly May (Member)
  • Notes: Discussing how Feminism affects Males and Females in society today
  • Subject 2: How Technology is affecting our childhood
  • Team: Grace Dowdeswell, (Chair), Ethan Sault (Speaker), Eve Wordsell (Proposer), Holly Budgell (Member)
  • Notes: Technology – is it taking over from play? Is this a good or a bad thing?


Canal Inspires Young Speakers

The following has been taken from an article by Joanne Moore in the Gazette and Herald dated 11th April:

YOUNGSTERS from a village primary school took inspiration from a well known local landmark to help them with a public speaking contest.

The pupils of St Nicholas Primary School, Bromham, gave a presentation on the Kennet and Avon Canal to win the Rotary Club of Devizes annual Youth Speaks competition.

They were up against competition from Rowde Primary, St Joseph’s primary in Devizes and Nursteed Primary, Devizes. Each group had to give a five to 10 minute presentation to an audience of more than 70. Senior teachers from outside the area were judges. Organiser Jean Allen, of Devizes Rotary Club, which staged the event at Nursteed Community Primary School said: “There were teams covering a wide range of topics and “”They all excelled.”


Back from left: Alan Truscott, President, Devizes Rotary Club; Sally Wolfenden, recently retired Head of Drama at Sherborne School for Girls, Sherborne, Dorset, event organiser Jean Allen; teacher Jess Geary (St Nicolas Primary School); Joe Cook, Year 6


Youth Speaks Out!

Five talented youngsters from St Nicholas Primary School, Bromham took their first steps in public speaking when they won the Rotary Club of Devizes annual Youth Speaks competition with a presentation on ‘The Kennet and Avon Canal’.

Children from Rowde Church of England Primary Academy, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, and Nursteed Community Primary School also entered, each giving a 5-10 minute presentation to an audience of over 70 – judged by senior teachers from outside the area.

Organiser Jean Allen, of Devizes Rotary Club, which staged the event at Nursteed Community Primary School on Friday, March 18, said: “There were seven teams covering a wide range of topics and they all excelled.”


Back row, L to R:  Alan Truscott, President, Devizes Rotary Club; Sally Wolfenden, recently retired Head of Drama at Sherborne School for Girls, Sherborne, Dorset, event organiser Jean Allen; teacher Jess Geary (St Nicolas Primary School); Joe Cook, Year 6 Teacher, Hannah Moore Primary School, Bristol, Penny Cole retired Headmistress of Oakleigh House School, Swansea

Front row: Winning team members from  St Nicholas Primary School, Bromham



Youth Speaks 2015

Youth Speaks 2015

The reminder letters went out to the Schools at the beginning of January for the competition on 20th March 2015 at Nursteed School.
If the number of verbal acceptances translate into actual entries we could have an embarrassment of talent! What a fantastic achievement that would be,