This evening the annual Public Speaking Competition for Second Form was held again in the Upper Cadogan. In recent years this has highlighted the work of pupils in their Classroom Based Assessments (the oral presentations), which are neatly timed to coincide with this event.

There were excellent 2-3 minute presentations from Elys Walker, Kate Higgins and Zofia Cannon-Brookes (all on climate change – as Mr Jameson, the compere said, rightfully the most common subject), Solomon Babajide (school shootings in America), Ealga Ejase-Tobrise (xenophobia in South Africa), George King (the snowflake generation), Matilda Pringle (gingers) and Tyrone Shi (the band AC/DC).

In his comments, judge Mr McCarthy (who adjudicated alongside last year’s winner, Donald Thompson), commended the excellent work of all eight speakers, and said how important it was that ideas are turned into ideals in the way young people articulate their thoughts. He then announced the first three placings: 3rd= were Matilda and Elys, 2nd was Ealga, and this year’s winner was Kate Higgins.