On the 14th November, St Mary’s were host to Elaine Powell of the Speakers’ Trust for a day-long session on public speaking techniques as part of the Jack Petchey SPEAKOUT! Challenge, involving 25 year 10 pupils, who, by the end of the day, delivered a two-minute speech on a topic of their choice.
The key determinants for success were structure, enthusiasm and a strong call to action at the end. ‘All participants acquitted themselves really well’, reported Mr Turiansky, ‘and the less confident in the group surprised themselves and their peers with the fluency of their delivery.
’ Six shortlisted candidates will present their speeches in year 10 assemblies in the new year, with the highest-scoring individual representing St. Mary’s in the Croydon regional final around Easter.
The SPEAKOUT! Challenge is a programme managed and delivered by Speakers Trust, the UK’s leading public speaking organisation and is supported and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation. The challenge gives free communication skills training to Year 10 students in every state school in London and Essex, empowering over 20,000 young people each year.