Junior School pupils speak out for causes close to their heart

Junior School pupils speak out for causes close to their heart

Youth Speaks 2017

A team from each of the Upper Two classes took part in the Exeter Junior School Public Speaking Competition this week. The presentations were of a very high standard and the subjects hugely interesting and highly topical.

Upper 2A consisting of Amy Cornfield (Chair), Lydia Brookes-Ferrari (Speaker) and Charlie Dicker (Vote of Thanks) discussed: “Is there any point learning other languages?”

Upper 2G looked at “Why is there still a gender pay gap in the 21st Century?” and the team consisted of Amy Dennis (Chair), Jasmine Hardy (Speaker) and Connor Simpson (Vote of Thanks).

Katy Farmer (Chair), Letty Lovell (Speaker) and Claudia Lofthouse (Vote of Thanks) of Upper Two P examined “Should the voting age be lowered to sixteen?”

English Coordinator Rita Pettet said: “After a fantastic afternoon, the eventual winners of the plaque were Upper Two A who answered very difficult questions from the judges with confidence and understanding, demonstrating the breadth of their research.

“The judges, Mrs Marks, Headmistress of the Junior School, Mr Griffin, Headmaster of the Senior School, and Mr Brough, Head of Drama in the Senior School, had a very tough decision,” she said.

Mr Brough spoke about each of the participants individually before announcing the winners. Well done to the whole of Upper Two for taking part in this exercise. They all developed their public speaking skills throughout the process.”

The winning team will now go on to represent the school in The Rotary Club 2018 Youth Speaks Competition. We wish them all the best and lots of luck.