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Old Palace girls’ Intermediate and Senior teams win public speaking competition.

Old Palace students gave a shining update on their recent public speaking success with a full report by the Intermediate and Senior teams:

During early November, six students made their way to John Ruskin College to compete in the Croydon heat of Rotary International’s Youth Speaks public speaking competition.

There was no time for nerves as our Intermediate team of Yasmin (Chair), Disha  (Main Speaker) and Eugenie (Vote of Thanks) were first to speak and challenged their audience to consider their view that ‘Maths is the square root of everything’.

A while later, it was time for the Senior team to take to the stage.  Nerves were conquered and Inky (Chair), Amber (Main Speaker) and Saira (Vote of Thanks), very quickly had the audience’s full attention as they posed the question ‘Is school really necessary?’

Following additional presentations from local Croydon schools, it was time for the judging to commence.  After a tense and seemingly endless period of time, the judges returned from their adjudication duties and we sat nervously awaiting their verdict.  We were thrilled to hear that the Intermediate team had won their round of the competition with judges praising the confident and articulate delivery of their views.

But what news then of the Seniors?  The standard in their heat had been as impressive as that in the Intermediate section, but to our delight, the Seniors were also awarded first prize as a result of their use of humour, team-working skills and speech structure.

Not only did we win a £15 vouchers each, but Old Palace was awarded £200 and two substantial shields are now proudly on display in the School’s Ayckbowm Room.  Furthermore, we are now through to the District Heat in January so fingers crossed!

Best of luck to the Intermediate and Senior Old Palace students for January 2016! 

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