Our students’ valiance in the Youth Speaks competition

Dean Lockley | |

This week, three Year 9 students took part in the Rotary Club’s ‘Youth Speaks’ public speaking competition. On the 1st of February, the students competed against students from other schools in the region. This proved to be even more challenging due to the fact that this particular event took place online.

Helsby’s team consisted of Year 9 students Reece H (Chairperson), Matthew H (Speaker) and Henry P (Vote of thanks). The team crafted their own speech that examined finances in football, exploring how money has been spent in the past compared with modern day. They presented a mature and engaging argument throughout and delivered this enthusiastically, with a real sense of passion for their topic. In addition to the delivery of their own speech, the respect they showed and the attention they gave to other teams did not go unnoticed. 

Although they unfortunately did not win, the team conducted themselves extremely well during the virtual event. It is clear that they have really developed as public speakers and grown in confidence as a result of their dedication and time working on this project. They represented both themselves and the school to a very high standard and their contribution to this event has been very much appreciated. Well done to Reece, Matthew and Henry.

Miss L Harrison