Windsor & Eton Rotary Club got this year’s Youth Speaks Competition off to a great start on Thursday evening thanks to Trevelyan Middle School.
Eight local schools took part, four in the Intermediate competition.
And four in the senior competition.
Trevelyan Middle School , St Edwards Royal Free Middle School and Windsor Boys School entered two teams each while Windsor Girls School and Brigidine School entered one team.
St Edward’s B team won the Intermediate competition with a talk entitled “Calling Time on Homework” Freddie Pope, Joe Lombardo and Katie Hale pictured with Paul Bayley (President) and Richard Carlton.
I was honoured the other evening to be invited to help judge Youth Speaks in Windsor. Four junior teams gave impassioned talks on intelligent subjects that were not only well thought through and argued but also exceptionally well delivered.
This practice can only be a good thing for young people to be involved with as being able to communicate clearly and succinctly will become a lifelong benefit in every area of their lives.
I wish I had had this opportunity when I was a child.
Chair of the Intermediate judges
Windsor Boys A team won the senior competition. Michael Smith, James Matthews and Patrick Whiteford pictured after talking about “Two and a half men”. Michael was part of last year’s Regional Finalist team from Trevelyan… this gives you a flavour of what happens on these evenings and why I have been heading up the club’s Youth Speaks competition for the last 5 years 😉
As well as a winning team, we also announce a best speaker, that doesn’t necessarily need to be part of the winning team.
Alysha Goldsworthy from Trevelyan’s B team was awarded the best speaker for the Intermediates.
And Alejandro Serano got the senior best speaker award.
Well done to all those who took part this year and if you’re reading this thinking that your children would benefit from this competition then show them the video and if part of a school that is already competing, join the process. If your school is not mentioned above, show the video to the head teacher and encourage them to find a teacher to lead the way.
P.S. If you’d like to know more about Rotary then come along on 6th December and join us for a cup of something warm at Esquires Cafe.