Public speaking competition for school children

St Andrew's winner of the public speaking competition SUS-151021-122501001
St Andrew's winner of the public speaking competition SUS-151021-122501001

The inaugural Eastbourne College Public Speaking Competition took place last week.

Six schools took part in the event with 11 teams competing overall.

The speeches were written without staff input and were practised largely in the children’s own time.

The St Andrew’s teams were particularly proud as the pupils relayed their speeches without a single mistake and when it came to the judging, Sophia Titterton-Manos, a Year Six St Andrew’s pupil, picked up the prize for the most persuasive closing speech.

Sophia’s winning speech was about endangered animals.

She told the judges, “There are many ways that you can help, from simply making a donation to taking part in fundraising events.

“You could join team panda and run, cycle or swim your way to helping the cause.

“You could even adopt an endangered animal either for yourself or as a gift. For Christmas this year, I’ll be asking mum and dad for a giant panda.

“As American politician Jay Inslee once said, ‘What is a fish without a river? What is a bird without a tree to nest in?’. Remember that you can make a difference.”

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