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School's Public Speakers crowned national champions

Published Friday 17th of May 2013 11:59:48 AM

When it comes to public speaking, Brentwood School's articulate students are not just top of the class�. they are national champions!
The School's Senior Public Speaking Team beat teams from all over the United Kingdom to scoop the Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI) Youth Speaks 2013 competition.
Youth Speaks is a well-established and successful four-stage contest which is designed to support and encourage development of effective communications skills.
The victorious Brentwood team reached the National Finals in Hull after competing at school, local and regional level. The team - Helen Walls (17), Izzy Fewster and Sam Turnpenny (16) were sponsored by Brentwood � Becket Rotary Club.
Rotary D1240 New Generations Chairman, Mr Steve Wallbank, said: 'In our District, to the best of my knowledge, we have never had a winner of this competition and your students are a credit to the school.'
Five members of the Brentwood � Becket Rotary Club travelled to Hull for the finals. Seventeen-year-old Izzy Fewster also won a prize as the best senior speaker in the final.
Mr David Alton, Chairman of the Brentwood � Becket Youth Service Committee, said: 'It was a superb, polished performance by an excellent TEAM.'
With just minutes to put their argument across, the three-man teams had to work together to introduce their chosen topic, deliver it in a clear, balanced and entertaining manner and invite the audience to be involved.
The judges were looking for confident performers, clearly articulated points of view and the ability to respond to questions. The winners each received a trophy and a £50 gift voucher.
Seven teams of orators, aged 14 to 17 years, from across Britain and Ireland competed in the Senior final. They were each sponsored by their local Rotary club and selected by judges from hundreds of competing teams at regional heats around the country.
The Brentwood team, under the tutelage of English teachers Mrs Mary Callender and Mr Robert Higgins, took to the platform with the topic 'Raising a child without cutlery'; an ironic and quirky look at the minimum age rules.
Mr Higgins said he was ecstatic when the team won. 'I am so proud of them. They deserved the victory and had put in so much hard work. They worked so well as a team and complemented each other.'
Judges said the team had perfectly combined all the key public speaking elements of style, effectiveness, content and engagement.
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