St George's delivers noteworthy speeches at Catenian Public Speaking Competition

At the end of February, Year 6 pupils from St George's Junior School gathered together in the Chapel to deliver speeches at the annual inter-house Public Speaking Competition, with the winners going on to compete in the Woking and District Catenian Public Speaking Competition.

Over the course of this term, all pupils in Year 6 have written and presented four minute speeches on a range of fascinating topics. Following two rounds of the competition, the final three pupils from each house were chosen to represent their Houses at the inter-house competition. Headmaster, Mr Antony Hudson, was joined by Mr Nik Waight, Head of English at the College, to judge the competition. In his summing up, Mr Waight gave all the children individual feedback and explained how impressed he had been with their confident deliveries, original topics and thought provoking speeches. 

With only four points between each house, the competition was extremely close. The Eagles House team came first with 111 points, with the Hawks second on 106 points. A big congratulations must go to all twelve pupils who spoke, they should feel extremely proud of their achievements. India and Joely were then voted as the school favourites in the competition and were chosen to represent the school at the external Catenian Competition on Wednesday 8 March.

The two Year 6 pupils proudly represented the Junior School in the Woking and District Catenian competition and both were excited to deliver their four minute speeches, which had been memorised in advance.

The Catenian competition, which has been running for many years, welcomed entrants from eight different local primary schools. During the evening, both St George's pupils delivered confident, engaging speeches amidst tough competition. India’s original speech, titled ‘OK’, entertained the judges by reflecting on the origins of the word and its variety of uses in the world today, whilst Joely’s speech, which was popular amongst the students, reflected on ‘Why School Should Start an Hour Later’.

At the end of the evening, the judges commended all of the pupils, commenting on the extremely high standard achieved by all. After listening to such a variety of well written and delivered speeches, St George's was delighted when India was awarded third place. Well done to both girls on their fantastic achievements and for representing St George's in such a positive light. 

16 March 2018

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