Bingley Grammar School


Yr 10 Speak Out In School Final

On Tuesday 27th November, 23 Year 10 students completed a workshop with a professional trainer for public speaking as part of the Speak Out Challenge.

The workshop was run by a professional trainer in public speaking and the students who took part in this workshop had been nominated by their English teachers to improve their confidence. At the end of the workshop, all the participants gave a speech which was judged by Mrs Smithson, Mrs Dean and Miss Powell. This led to 4 students being selected as finalists: Abby, Malayeka, Sam and Maisy.

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On Thursday 10th January last week, our four finalists gave speeches to an audience of their peers to decide who will go on to represent the school at the regional final.

The students gave speeches covering a wide range of subjects: Mental Illness, Be Happy Being You, Women in Sport and The treatment of Muslims in China. All their speeches were very moving and thought provoking.

Abby, Malayeka, Sam and Maisy performed extremely well and engaged the audience from beginning to end. They were amazing in rising to the challenge, speaking in front of their peers and teachers in a formal context and showed no hint of nerves.

The speeches were judged by teachers from our English department; Mrs Lazenby, Mr Crawford and Mrs Nutter, with all four speakers scoring highly.

Our overall winner was Maisy Chattoe, who will go on to represent Bingley Grammar in the Speaker's Trust Bradford Regional Final on 24th January. Last year Bingley Grammar student Aleena (now in Year 11) won the regional final which was an amazing achievement.

Congratulations to all four of our finalists, whose confidence and eloquence really shone through.

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