Youth Speaks Competition

The Roatary Youth Speaks Competition is designed to support & encourage the development of effective communication skills.

The Springwood High School Rotary Youth Speaks team

The Rotary Club of King's Lynn, who sponsored the competiton on behalf of Rotary International of Great Britain and Ireland, contacted local schools, inviting them to enter a team (or teams) of pupils for The Rotary Youth Speaks Competition and the first round was held at the Springwood High School on 28th November 2018.   

Three teams entered the competition (at the Intermediate level - ages 11 to 13) and greatly impressed their audience by their confidence and competence when they spoke on themes of Knife Crime, Vitamin supplements and Life skills as part of the school curriculum.

The winning team in the intermediate catagory was entered by the Springwood High School whose topic was Are Vitamin supplements essential?.  Each team member spoke fluently without reference to notes.   Team Chairperson, Elsa Mathew, opened their presentation with confidence and introduced her team and the choice of subject.  The team's main speaker was Nicola Mathew who spoke on why vitamin supplements are unnecessary for most people.  She also responded competently to a question from the audience, after which the Vote of Thanks was very effectively proposed by Lexie Amponah. 

The two other teams were entered by the King's Lynn Academy and also performed well. 

All the participants received certificates and small prizes were awarded to members of the winning team.

The District round of the competition was held in Cambridge on Saturday 9 February 2019.  The Springwood team again were successful beating teams from the Royal Hospital School in Ipswich, The Perse School, Cambridge and Wymonham College.

In the Regional round held at New College, Redbridge on 9 March the team were narrowly beaten into second place by Colchester Boys' Grammar School.  However Nicola Matthew was declared winner of the Best Speaker Prize.

A few notes relating to the competition:

The Rotary Youth Speaks Competition is a well-established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland.  It is a four-stage competition which is designed to support and encourage the development of effective communication skills. Some stages may have more than one round.

               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? 

The competition is open all schools and college communities including those that are home educated and any other young people’s community organisations, for example, community RotaKids, community Interact, Scout Groups, Girl Guides. 

Each team will comprise of three students in full time education in two age groups: 

Intermediate:         11 to 13 years            Senior:                 14 to 17 years  

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