'Youth Speaks'

Mon 24th November 2014 - Mon 15th December 2014

Students from Coombeshead Academy and Stover School - battled it in the Newton Abbot Rotary Club YOUTH SPEAKS local Heat.Held at the Courtenay Centre in Newton Abbot,This competition is open to teams of three students in two age groups.

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Introduction
The Rotary Youth Speaks Competition is a well established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain &and Ireland and sponsored by Gandys (Orphans for Orphans).
It is a four stage competition designed to support and encourage development of effective communication skills. Some stages may have more than one round.

Aims
This competition aims to offer young people:
  • experience in speaking on a public platform as a member of a team
  • an incentive to formulate ideas on topical subjects
  • discipline in dealing with a topic in a limited time
  • the opportunity of learning and practising high standards of expression, presentation and appearance
  • impartial feedback and assessment of performance by experienced adjudicators 

Who can take part?
This competition is open to teams of three students in full time education in two age groups:
Intermediate 11 to 13 years
Senior 14 to 17 years 
Students from Coombeshead Academy & Stover School battled it out in the inaugral Newton Abbot Rotary Youth Speaks debating competition.
Coombeshead pipped Stover to win their age group and Stover in a closely judged contest proved the winners of the Senior age group.
Club President Kerry Larbalestier said " The students were a credit to their schools with their well thought out presentations . She added we are hoping next year more schools will join the competition."

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