Rotary's Youth Speaks Final

Parents, pupils and members of Teignmouth Rotary Club were treated to a magical evening of speeches on a variety of subjects ranging from The Exeter Chiefs, The Vikings, JFK and a whole host more.

Year 5 and 6 followed in what has become a long-standing tradition of participating in this annual public speaking competition organised by Rotary, with all pupils from both classes preparing and delivering speeches in the heats in their classrooms, with seven from each class being selected for the finals. 

The audience were enraptured as they listened with interest to highly researched and confidently delivered speeches, with the judges - six members of Rotary - praising the standard and content whilst recognising what a difficult job they had to find runners-up and winners from both classes. 

But after much debate they made their decision, announcing Year 5 winners first - with Jeannie Scollick in second place with an engaging and humorous speech about llamas. Jeannie was pipped to the post by Mathilde Starkey, who entertained the audience with some well chosen props, some great impersonations of family members and a fascinating speech about Denmark. Everyone agreed she was a well-deserved winner - even her Dad, who was subject to a very realistic impersonation!

After refreshments shared by FOSS (Friends of Shaldon School), Year 6 were ready to deliver their speeches. Again the standard was high with the level of preparation and commitment evident from the start. 

Ashlie-Brooke Buchanan was a worthy runner-up speaking from the heart about autism and the importance of recognising that everybody has their own unique qualities to offer the world - her speech brought a tear to her Mum's eye, hearing the speech for the first time.

Following an "air-drumroll" the Year 6 winner was announced: Mia Ratcliff whose speech about Golden Retrievers was elevated when on the blow of a whistle, Jago, Mia's own dog appeared from behind the door, creating great excitement across the hall. Class teacher, Janet Gordge, said: "the standard of the speeches just gets better and better year on year. I am very proud of all the children for taking the competition so seriously and entertaining us with such fantastic speeches."

Shaldon School would like to thank Rotary for their continued commitment to supporting their pupils in developing this vital skill.



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