Primary Youth Speaks 2016

Primary Youth Speaks Competition kindly hosted by Westfield School, Cottingham

Cottingham Primary Schools

Rotary Youth Speaks Competition 14th June 2016    



In its fifth year this Public Speaking Competition for Primary School children was held on June 14th at Westfield School. It was organised by the Rotary Club of Holderness, which has several members living in the Cottingham area.  There were twelve speakers in all,  representing  Croxby,    Skidby,  Bacon Garth,  Little Weighton and Westfield Schools, and Dunswell Academy.  Each speaker had between 3 and 4 minutes to present the topic of their choice to a large audience of parents, teachers and Rotarians, and the three judges chaired by Rotarian Mary Wallace.


The winner was Ryan Wilson from Bacon Garth who gave an entertaining talk on ‘How can we tackle the problem of litter’.  The runner-up , Emma Smith, was also from Bacon Garth. She addressed the question ‘Should we celebrate St George’s Day?  Abbie Watson from Dunswell  was third, with an imaginative talk on ‘Growing up’. Vouchers and certificates were presented by Dave Sewell, President of the Rotary Club of Holderness.The winning school also received a trophy and £100.


Peter Bonavia from the Rotary Club praised the courage of all the speakers for standing in front of the large audience of parents, relatives, friends and teachers.  He said all the competitors were ‘winners’ for just taking part, and he hoped that the experience would encourage them to get involved in similar events when they move to Secondary School.


This was one of several events organised locally for young people by Rotary, including Young Writer, Young Artist and Youth Speaks for Secondary Schools in Hull and East Riding. The Rotary Club congratulates all those who took part, and thanks Sam Hickey, Head Teacher at Westfield School for hosting the event.


More information on Rotary, or youth competitions, contact Peter Bonavia on 01482 840191.

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