There comes a point in most of our lives when we are called upon to speak before an audience, be it, for example, during a job interview, or when making a speech at a wedding or other function.
To be able to speak with confidence on such occasions is a very useful life skill.
In recognising this fact, and in order to provide a forum to help develop and challenge young people in the area, Wigan Rotary Club, in 2008, instigated an annual public speaking competition known as ‘Junior Speaks.’
Primary schools, within the local authority, are invited to participate in the competition by entering a team, or teams, to speak on a subject of their choice, (politics, race and religion excluded.)
Each team consists of three Year 6 pupils who take on the respective roles of Chairperson, Speaker and Proposer of the Vote of Thanks, with a fourth member acting as reserve.
The winning team is presented with the ‘Hoddinott Shield’, in memory of former Rotarian, Peter, and is held by the school for one year.Over the past seven years ‘Junior Speaks’ has proved to be a great success, and its popularity with teachers and children alike, is demonstrated by the fact that the number of participants has grown from year to year and last year reached 26.
Click to download last year's competition winners
Click to download entry form and competition rules
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