Rotary Speakers Reach Next Round
29 Nov 2019
Three teams from Ashby School have made it through to the next round of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition.
Nine students in teams of three took part in the competitino which is run by the Rotary Clubs of Ashby to encourage students to develop their public speaking skills.
Teams are made up of a Chairpoerson, Speaker and a member to deliver a Vote of Thanks.
The theme chosen by Christopher Trainor, Simran Padda and Morgan Rowland was 'Time - don't spend it all at once', The Year 12 team was awarded 1st place, Simran, who was the Speaker, began her six minute speech with a poem she wrote herself.
The second place team was made up of Alicia Jackson from Year 11 and Alyssa Laird and Levi Bradnock, both Year 12 students. Alyssa spoke passionately on the subject of mental health, asking the question 'Is Mental health out of control?'.
'The Perils of Plastic Pollution', the topic chosen by Year 11 Holly Marvin, Milly Ginn and Emma Beggan was designed to open the eyes of the audience. Milly spoke about the devastation and colossal damage that plastic is doing to our planet and mentioned we might soon be eating 'haddock with a side of plastic'. The team was placed third by the three judges.
Ruth Andre Evans, who represents the Rotary Clubs, said: "These competitions are designed to promote the talents of our young people and build confidence, non more so than Rotary Youth Speaks. One of the biggest fears in life is to stand up and speak in public, however the nine students who took part in the competition certainly demonstrated that they have gained a life skill that many adults would envy."
The competition was open to all Ashby School students from all year groups as part of the school's enrichment programme.
Ruth added: "It has been a privilege for me to work with the students over the past few weeks, to watch them grow in confidence and develop their skills. The nine students should feel very proud of the fact that they had the courage to put themselves forward to take part in the competition and for what they have achieved."
The next round of this National Rotary Competition will be held in February at Beauchamp College, Leicester, where they will face competition from other schools,