Rotary Youth Speaks 2015-2016
Results of the National Competition - May 2016
Results National Youth Speaks Final 2015-16 Held at
Kirkham Grammar School on the 7th May 2016
Winning team 2015-16: Reading Blue Coats School,
sponsored by the R.C of Henley (p)
Second place team: St Andrew's and St Bride's High
School, R.C of East Kilbride (P)
Third place team: President Kennedy School,
sponsored by the R.C of Coventry (P)
Best Chair: Ted Aplin, Reading Blue Coat School,
sponsored by the R.C Henley (P)
Best Speaker: William Peters, Reading Blue Coat
School, sponsored by the R.C Henley (P)
Best VOT: Eesha Gupta, President Kennedy School,
sponsored by the R.C of Coventry (P)
Winning team 2015-16: Red Maids' School, sponsored
by the R.C of Bristol (P)
Second place team: Wycombe Abbey School, sponsored
by R.C of High Wycombe (P)
Third place team: Romsey School, sponsored by R.C
of Romsey Test
Best Chair: Ella Humphris, Harwich and Dovercourt
High School, sponsored by R.C of Harwich (P)
Best Speaker: India fox, Wycombe Abby School, sponsored
by R.C of High Wycombe (P)
Best VOT: Beth Hutchinson, Romsey School,
sponsored by R.C sponsored by R.C of Romsey Test (P)
Results of the District Competition - February 2016
Congratulation to all 16 teams that made it through their local heats to compete at this year’s district final. The teams were all worthy winners. They impressed the audience with confidence, clarity of speech through a variety of interesting well-rehearsed topics.
The results of this year’s District Final held on the 6th February at Kirkham Grammar School are as follows:
1st place : Our lady’s Catholic High School, sponsored by R.C. Preston
Runners Up : Bowland High School, sponsored by R.C Ribblesdale
Best Chairman : Saffron Wadee, Our lady’s Catholic High School, sponsored by R.C. Preston
Best Speaker : Issy Masterson, Bowland High School, sponsored by R.C Ribblesdale
Best Vote of Thanks : Lewis Imeson, Fisher More High School, R.C South Ribble
1st place : Bowland High School, sponsored by R.C Ribblesdale
Runners Up : Millfield Science & Performing Arts College, Sponsored by R.C Thornton Cleveleys
Best Chairman : Patrick Enion, Bowland High School, sponsored by R.C Ribblesdale
Best Speaker : Lewie Deery, Millfield Science & Performing Arts College, Sponsored by R.C Thornton Cleveleys
Best Vote of Thanks : George Poole, Bowland High School, sponsored by R.C Ribblesdale
Steering Committee progress meeting itinery. (added 11th July 2015)
The meetings are to be held generally at Kirkham Grammar School, from 6.00pm. I envisage that the first meeting will probably be 2 hrs long, and hopefully we can keep the other meetings down to an hour. The purpose of the meetings will be to ensure that progress against the attached action plan is achieved, so please ensure that as and when you pick up an action, that you progress it and are in a position to report back. If you are unable to attend a meeting, please provide a written update. (Email will suffice).
The proposed dates are:
15/7/15 KGS 6.00pm – 8.00pm
12/8/15 KGS 6.00pm – 7.00pm
9/9/15 KGS 6.00pm – 7.00pm
14/10/15 KGS 6.00pm – 7.00pm
11/11/15 KGS 6.00pm – 7.00pm
16/12/15 KGS 6.00pm – 7.00pm
14/01/16 The Ship, Freckleton 5.30pm – 6.30pm Club update and briefing prior to District Final on 06/02/16.
District Final – De-brief – date to be fixed.
Dates of steering committee meeting on lead up to final to be fixed.
Tim Leeson, Chair Youth Services
5 October 2015 : Give schools information about heats at Club level, again working with other clubs if necessary, using RIBI Rules.
31 October 2015 : Notice of Participation to District Coordinator.
30 December 2015 : Hold your club heats by this date, to identify winning teams for the District Final. All entries to be sent to the district coordinator email@example.com on appropriate application forms along with the entry fee, £40 per team.
6 February 2016 : District Finals, Kirkham Grammar School, Ribby Road, Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 2BH
13 March 2016 : Regional Final, Regional Final – The Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, LL11 2AW, Host District 1180
7 May 2016 : National RIBI Final – Kirkham Grammar School, Ribby Road, Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 2BH, Host District 1190
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
speaking on a public platform as a member of a team
an incentive to
formulate ideas on topical subjects
dealing with a topic in a limited time
of learning and practising high standards of expression, presentation and
feedback and assessment of performance by experienced adjudicators
can take part?
competition is open to teams of three students in full time education in two
Intermediate 11 to 13 years
to 17 years
the age qualifying date of 31 August 2015, it should be noted that some junior
entrants may be 11, intermediate entrants 14 and senior entrants 18 at the time
of some or all stages of the competitions (e.g. a competitor who is 17 on 31
August but turns 18 on 1 September is
allowed to enter).
should enter the competition organised by the local Rotary club through their
school, college or other organisation.
schools, colleges and other organisations can participate in a district that is
outside of their boundary, but can only compete in one club or district.
The Four Stages of the Competition
local Rotary clubs between September and December. Age group winners of local
heats are entered into a district competition. Local Rotary Clubs can be found
using the club finder in the top right hand corner of the Rotary website
These are organised by Rotary between January and mid-February.
For high numbers of entrants, it may be necessary to hold preliminary rounds
prior to a district final. Age group winners of district
competitions are entered into a regional final.
These are organised by Rotary between mid-February and March. Age group
winners of regional finals are entered into the national final.
This is organised by Rotary District
1190. This will be held on Saturday 7
May 2016 at Kirkham Grammar School, Ribby Road, Kirkham, Preston, PR4 2BH.
Dates for local heats, district finals and regional finals
may have local variations. Interested parties should check dates with their
local Rotary club.
Rotary does not fund expenses of the regional winners
to attend the national final.
team member takes on one of three roles: chairperson, speaker and vote of thanks.
The team should be the same throughout the competition. In exceptional
circumstances substitutions may be made, subject to the approval of the
team member is allocated a time in which to perform their role. The role of
each team member is detailed in the procedure section below.
with appropriate skills appointed by Rotary will apply the judging criteria
and provide feedback to all competitors and mentoring to winners. The judges
will not discuss marks and their decision will be final.
A Rotarian will not be appointed as a judge for regional
or national finals.
Chairperson’s management of the meeting 25 points
Speaker’s ability to present and develop a topic and ability to answer the question 50 points
and courtesy of the vote of thanks 25
work 15 points
Total 115 points
A judge’s score sheet which illustrates the points
judges will be particularly looking at is provided at the end of this information
The judges will deduct one point for each complete 15
seconds over the allocated time and one point for each complete 30 seconds under the allocated time. Points will not be
deducted for time in answering the question.
Only in exceptional circumstances and at the sole
discretion of the competition organiser, will correspondence or discussions be
entered into following a competition.
questioner, who shall not be one of the judges, will be appointed by the
competition organiser. Speakers will be asked to respond to a question asked by
The questioner can be a Rotarian but not from a
all stages of the competition competitors will receive a certificate of
After the judges have determined the result of the
competition one or more judges will comment on their observations before
announcing the result.
At the national finals, the winning intermediate and
senior teams will receive the Rotary Challenge Trophy which may be held for one
year. Each member of the winning, second and third teams will receive an
To enter a local heat, interested parties should
contact their local Rotary club via the club finder in the top right
hand corner of the website rotarygbi.org. In case of difficulty please contact
the national organiser Brian Kirkup at firstname.lastname@example.org quoting
the home address and the address of the school, college or other organisation.
Entrants need to complete the entry form at the end
of this information pack and submit to the stage organiser at the time
specified by the stage organiser.
competition the competition organiser will conduct a draw to determine the
order in which each team will make their presentation. The order will be
notified to teams at the competition. If possible, teams will be given prior
notice of the order. In unforeseen circumstances the organisers may have to
adjust the order.
A master of ceremonies will invite each team in order
of the draw, to come to the front or stage to make their presentation.
The team should be ushered into position by the chairperson
who should sit down with the speaker on their right and the vote of thanks on
A system of lights or coloured cards will be used to
advise team members of time. Green will indicate start, amber will warn that
the allocated time is coming to an end and red will indicate the end of allocated
Notes may be used. However their use should not be
too obvious - simply reading written content will be reflected in the marks.
Notes can be written on paper, card, tablet or iPad. If electronic media is
used for this purpose it must only be used as a reminder of the content of the
speech and not as a prop or as a live means of presenting or sourcing
information. Cards as prompts are better than A4 notes but ideally teams should
deliver the presentation without either.
Items other than dress or the furniture provided are
not permitted to be used as props. The use of props will be severely reflected
in the judges’ marks. This includes power point.
Where venues would benefit from amplification, static
microphones will be provided for team members to use. A sound test will be
arranged prior to the start of the competition. If any team member fails to use
the static microphones and their words are inaudible the judges will deduct
The team members will perform their
roles in the following order:
When the team is ready the chairperson will stand.
From this point on the chairperson is in control of the team’s performance
until the performance is closed after the vote of thanks. The chairperson
should briefly link the team’s presentations. There is no time penalty involved
in this part of the chairperson’s role.
chairperson has two minutes to welcome the audience and to introduce the speaker.
The introduction should include the relevance or expertise of the speaker to
the subject of their speech.
light will indicate there are thirty seconds left of the allocated two minutes.
The speaker has six minutes to speak on their chosen
subject. The speaker may choose any subject, subject to the approval of the
organisers. Considerable discretion should be used in choosing the subject.
Sensitive subjects such as party politics, race or religion should be avoided.
The subject may change between stages.
amber light will indicate there is one minute left of the allocated six minutes
When the speaker has finished the chairperson
will invite the questioner to ask a question
Before answering the question the speaker may seek
clarification of the question via the chairperson. The speaker, who is the
subject expert, may not consult about the question with other team members.
The speaker then has about two minutes to answer the
An amber light will indicate two minutes are drawing to a close and after the
amber light speakers should bring their response to a conclusion.
are advised to respond spontaneously, without prepared sections, to obtain high
marks from the judges.
When the speaker has finished answering the question,
the chairman will introduce the proposer of the vote of thanks.
Vote of Thanks
The vote of thanks has two minutes to propose the
vote of thanks.
The vote of thanks should remark on both the content
of the speech and the response to the question. The audience should then be
invited to show its appreciation of the speaker.
An amber light will indicate there are thirty seconds
left of the allocated two minutes.
The student giving the vote of thanks is advised to
respond spontaneously to the response to the question, without prepared
sections, to obtain high marks from the judges.
After the vote of thanks and applause the chairperson
will close the proceedings.
After the judges
have determined the result of the competition, one or more judges will comment
on their observations before announcing the result.
The Rotary Youth Speaks competition is one of several
competitions organised by Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland
for young people. The others are Young Chef, Young Musician, Young
Photographer, Young Writer, Youth Speaks the Young Citizens Awards and the
Technology Tournament. To find out more about these competitions and other
opportunities please contact your local Rotary club, which can be found at
Working with Children
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland has
adopted this statement of policy for working with children, the vulnerable and
those with disability.
The needs and rights of the child, the elderly, the
vulnerable and those with disability take priority. It is the duty of every
Rotarian to safeguard to the best of their ability, the welfare of and prevent
the physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect of all children, the
elderly, persons with disability or otherwise vulnerable persons with whom they
come into contact during their Rotarian duties.
Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) reserve
the right to retain contact details within the terms of the Data Protection Act
to enable RIBI to contact and keep in touch with them as part of the Alumni of
Rotary and as future potential members.
Entry Form 2015/16
read the information pack before completing this form clearly. By signing this form you confirm you have
read, understood and agreed to the contents of the information pack. Please return this form to the competition
organiser by the date specified.
Age on 31 Aug 2015
Age on 31 Aug 2015
Vote of Thanks’ Name
Age on 31 Aug 2015
Age category (Intermediate/
Title of topic
Sponsored by Rotary Club of
parent(s), guardian(s), or carer(s) have given permission where necessary:
a. for the named person to take part in and
be identified in the competition (Yes/No)
any entrant over 18 at the date of this competition should sign this entry form
c. for photographic/video records to be taken
and used for Rotary International in Great
Britain and Ireland (RIBI) publicity
purposes in printed, electronic and on-line formats
d. In signing this form the parent/guardian/carer
gives permission for contact by RIBI,
District and Club Public Relations
Officers for public relations purposes (Yes/No)
Not agreeing to c and d
above does not preclude the individual from entering the competition
This form can be used for
all stages of the competition. Tick box to indicate the stage for this entry
District (preliminary round)