Public speakers are in fine voice

Elizabeth Irvine (left) and Philippa Jarvis with headteacher Michael Lee
Elizabeth Irvine (left) and Philippa Jarvis with headteacher Michael Lee

DOZENS of pupils brushed up their public speaking skills in an annual competition.

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, held the public speaking event for the third time.

This year 24 youngsters from across all year groups spoke for two minutes on a variety of subjects in front of an audience.

School staff praised the children, who were aged between 11 and 16, for their impressive work.

The Key Stage 4 winner was Elizabeth Irvine, 15, who spoke on Hogwarts is our home.

Runner-up was Nikita Nighoskar, 15, who spoke on First impressions always count and Haleigh Jorgeson, 15, gave her manifesto If I ruled the world and finished in third spot.

The Key Stage 3 winner was 14-year-old Philippa Jarvis who gave a passionate speech about the evils of bullying, runner up was Isaac Duffy, 14, who gave a speech on Kentucky Fried Cruelty and in third place 12-year-old Millie Smith spoke on If I won the lottery.

About 100 people heard the youngsters speak in the school hall.

Headteacher Michael Lee said: “Once again the competition was a great success. The competition has grown and we split it into Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

“It helps to build pupils’ confidence and we have a number of great public speakers. The students were informative, entertaining and humorous.

Judges were governor Brian Readman, head of drama Debbie Hayes and sixth form student, and champion public speaker Aarthi Suresh.

Mr Lee said: “The judges were impressed by the confidence and clarity of such young students.”

The children who impress the most stand a chance to go on to represent the school at speaking competitions, including those organised by the Rotary Club.