Youth Speaks Competition

Youth Public speaking at Falinge Park High School
The Youth Speaks District heat competition, sponsored by Rochdale Rotary Club, was held at Falinge Park HS on Thursday 24th Jan.  8 high school teams of 3 competed in this nationwide competition run by Rotary International of GB and Ireland.
The audience of over 60 was treated to speeches 6 minutes long on a wide range of topics, with responses from a fellow student chairman and proposer of vote of thanks.
Ladybridge entered two teams. The intermediate team was Zarah Inam, Marc Thompson and Yashni Bhudia.
The senior team were Jasmine Ahmad, Amaan Patel and Sasha Harrison.
Falinge Park HS’s Head teacher Janice Allen welcomed all and said she had, as a teenager, been in a similar competition. She spoke of how an ability to talk in public is useful in later life and helps to build confidence. Public speaking is now part of the curriculum at Falinge school.
Ladybridge student Marc Thompson described ‘The Under-preparation of Future Generations’. By not being given more responsibility at a young age, youth will be found wanting in later life and career.
Ladybridge senior team’s Amaan Patel, in his speech ‘We are More than Pink or Blue’ discussed gender stereotypes and how they limit and oppress students. A healthier attitude is to allow everyone to be themselves.
Each speaker was asked a question from a nominated questioner, testing their understanding of their subject/topic.
The adjudicators John Wroe, Michael Knowles and Patricia Russel commented on the great variety and quality of the speeches and also gave feedback to teams afterwards
The Intermediate under 14years’ winner was Bolton Girls School and Senior 14-18 years’ winners were Falinge Park HS -well done to both.
Rochdale’s Mayor Councillor Mohammed Zaman presented certificates to all the students and said he had greatly enjoyed the event. Rotarian Warren Heyes from the Rotary district 1285 said ‘The skills and confidence shown at such a young age were simply amazing.’
Final thanks were given by organiser Rotarian Ravi Sharma.
We are very proud of our students who were excellent ambassadors for Ladybridge.


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