On Monday 25th February, a team of Y8 pupils from Miss O’Sullivan’s English class took part in the regional round of ‘The Rotary Club’s Youth Speaks’ competition at Hull University’s Middleton Hall. This was the first ever time we have entered a public speaking competition and Archie had stiff competition in the form of 9 schools from all over Hull and the East Riding.
The competition aims to give young people a podium to give their views on a range of topics, important to them. The chosen for topic for this competition was, ‘Are we growing up too fast?’
The team was made up of: Rachel Dale, Aleesha Neill, Beth Murrell and Eran Pickering. They delivered a speech which saw them win 2nd place in the competition – first place was Hymers College, third place was Cottingham and 4th place was Malet Lambert.These girls were a true credit to the Academy and performed admirably, winning £250 prize money.
If this wasn’t amazing enough, Beth Murrell won the prestigious award of best speaker of the whole competition and is now a recipient of the Barrie Salt trophy! She performed her role as speaker demonstrating how concisely and cleverly she is capable of constructing an argument and delivering it in front of a panel of adjudicators.
Thanks to Ms O’Sullivan for all her hard work and for the support given by Ms Campbell and Mr Hill.