Youth Speaks

Two teams from Newton Abbot College took part in the Youth Speaks Public Speaking competition on Saturday 15 March at St Luke’s Sports and Science College in Exeter.  For this competition the judges were looking for confident performers, clearly articulated points of view and the ability to respond to questions.  With just minutes to put their argument across, the teams of three had to work together to introduce their chosen topic, deliver it in a clear, balanced and entertaining manner and invite the audience to be involved. Our Year 7 team, George Bartlett, Phoebe Sanders and Oscar Tettmar, presented the topic ‘Nurses or Footballers: Who should be paid more?’ Our Year 10 team, Edward Cotterill, Wyn Firth and Alex Penwell, presented the topic ‘Bankers: Friends or Fraudsters?’ [caption id="attachment_6366" align="aligncenter" width="419"]Back Row = Wyn Firth, Alex Penwell & Edward Cotterill (Year 10) Front Row = Phoebe Sanders, George Bartlett & Oscar Tettmar (Year 7) Back Row = Wyn Firth, Alex Penwell & Edward Cotterill (Year 10)
Front Row = Phoebe Sanders, George Bartlett & Oscar Tettmar (Year 7)[/caption] Will Davies, Teacher of English, said “Our two teams rose to the challenge of researching, writing and rehearsing their presentations.  The time and effort they have committed, alongside their academic studies, has been impressive and they have all learnt a lot about public speaking and themselves along the way.  Taking part in this competition is an experience which exemplifies the importance of confident oracy in today’s world.”

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