Autumn Term 2017: Two teams of three students took part in the local heat and branch final of the English Speaking Union's Churchill National Public Speaking Competition for Schools, held at Exeter Golf and Country Club.

Both teams took part in the local heat, with one progressing to the branch final, in which the top public speaking teams from across the County competed for a place in the regional finals. Each team was composed of a speaker, who delivered a five-minute speech upon a given topic, a questioner to expand upon the topic, and a chair to organise the discussion and audience questions period.

The team from years 9 and 10: speaker Grace S, chair Ben M and questioner Talia T, competed against teams from St James’ School and Torquay Girls’ Grammar School in the branch final, with Grace delivering a speech on the topic of, “Should we all be feminists now?

The English Speaking Union is a non-political organisation devoted to promoting the use of the English language as a means of the communication of knowledge and understanding, running annual competitions such as the Schools’ Mace and Churchill Public Speaking Competition.

Naomi E, a year 13 student who trained the team along with a group of other sixth-form volunteers, said that, “everyone performed superbly and the judges’ feedback reflected that.”

By Edmund K, Student Reporter

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