Province 11 Public Speaking Competition 2017
This Catenian sponsored event was held at St Peter's Catholic School Bournemouth.
There were 8 schools taking part and two contestants from each school having had their internal contest earlier. The quality of the speeches was of a very high standard even more so because of the age of contestants - some were as young as 15!
The Contestants had 4 minutes to speak on a subject of their choice. There were penalty points for running over time and lesser penalty points for finishing earlier than 3 minutes 40 seconds, so timing of the speech was important. Their research and delivery meant that they had prepared well. Most spoke without any notes at all which was very impressive.
The Schools represented were :-
Bishop Challoner Catholic School, Basingstoke
Christ the King College, Isle of Wight
Leweston School, Sherborne
Oaklands Catholic Sixth Form College, Waterlooville
St Edmunds Catholic School, Portsmouth
St Edwards RC/CofE School, Poole
St Josephs RC Secondary School, Salisbury
St Peters Catholic School, Bournemouth.
The winner was Emily Charalambous from St Peters and her topic was "The immigrant within us" arguing that in England we are all immigrants going back in time and that the prejudice against immigration is misplaced. She will represent the Region and her School at the National Final in Manchester on 10th September 2017.
There were two runners up: Aimee Cupper of St Edwards whose topic was "Asking for it" and Rachael Hartnell of Christ the King whose topic was "For lowering the voting age to 16"
The Adjudicators, who had a very difficult task in selecting the winners, were Dame Annette Brooke DBE, Mr Garry Hill & Mr David Cawdery.
Dame Annette presented the prizes and certificates and gave an overall opinion and tips for Contestants