Norfolk Final Public Speaking Competition

Monday 13 March 2017

A very successful and interesting Norfolk Final of the Public Speaking Competition took place on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 at Wymondham High Academy, Wymondham, Norfolk. Brian Baker, Norwich and Norfolk Branch Public Speaking Co-ordinator and June Baker were on hand to ensure everything went smoothly.

Winning team of the Norfolk Final Public Speaking Competition are Norwich School (see photo). Back row (left to right) Brian Baker, Norwich and Norfolk branch Public Speaking Co-ordinator, Norwich School Speaker, Thomas Barter, Chairman, Morgan Hardy, Questioner, Grace Collen. Front row (left to right) Judges, Judith Virgo, Sandra Barker, Eliazbeth Powell.

Eight teams took part in the keenly fought competition. Two teams each from Wymondham High Academy and Langley School and one team each from Acle Academy, Attleborough Academy, Norwich School and Wymondham College.  Two teams were unable to compete on the night due to a clash of school events and last minute sickness, we hope they will be able to compete next year. Each team chose on a first come basis from the 100 questions provided by the ESU. Delivery by the speakers showed lots of enterprise, interesting approaches to the subject matter and often a touch of humour. Members of our local branch in the audience were given several eye openers with moments of, 'that's an interesting approach' and 'I would not have thought of that'.

The question, 'Would the world be a more peaceful place if it were governed by women rather than by men' won for Jessica Stone, from Langley School, the title of Best Speaker.  The team chairmen introduced people and summed up with aplomb and the questioners came up with excellent questions. Best Questioner was Rosie Wilkins, of Wymondham High Academy and Best Chairman, Morgan Hardy of Norwich School. The audience also asked some very searching questions, well handled by the speakers. The winning team was Norwich School with Wymondham High Academy, team 2, runners up. A big thank you to the judges, Elizabeth Powell, Sandra Barker and Judith Virgo for their time and for the excellent feedback given to all the competitors.Thank you also to the timekeeper, Ethan Talbot.

All the competitors received a certificate and a bright orange inscribed bracelet. This was an excellent and enjoyable evening and we wish Norwich School further success in the next round of this competition.

During the evening it was also announced that Lois Mian and Louis Cann, from Norwich School, have made it through to the third round, the regional final, of the ESU Mace Competition, for the second year running.

This story was submitted by the ESU Norwich & Norfolk branch. Please click here for information on this branch and its upcoming events.