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!