The Speak Out Challenge is the largest speaking competition for young people in the world. Run by Speakers Trust and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation, the "Speak Out" Challenge! has now trained over 134,000 Year 10 students from 37 regions in London.
During each academic year the 'Speak Out Challenge!' offers every secondary school in London public speaking workshops for Year 10 students. Each year over 18,000 young people are trained in how to "Speak Out".
The training that students receive is designed to build confidence, enabling young people from all backgrounds to speak with clarity, conviction and impact. The "Speak Out Challenge" helps everyone who takes part to become better communicators, with a greater awareness of the importance of speaking out. This improves education and employment prospects and highlights the power of the voice to bring positive change.
On Tuesday 14 March, thirty Year 10 students took part in the Speak Out training programme. The day's workshop was a combination of public speaking and positive feedback in a fun and interactive way. The highlights of the day included making impromptu as well as prepared speeches. Students delivered their speeches on topics of their choice. At the end of the day the panel of Judges had the Herculean task of selecting four students for the next stage. The Judges ended up with seven students instead of four because of their high quality speeches.
Congratulations to Year 10 students; Nathaniel, Zaynat, Shamaya, Isa, Savannah, Joe and Elizabeth.
These students will go on to the assembly stage of the Speak Out Challenge and one of them will be chosen to represent Conisborough College at the 2017 Regional Finals on Thursday 11 May at Prendergast Ladywell School.
"It was a great opportunity to put across my opinion" - Shamaya 10F
"A great experience, I learnt so much about how to speak in public" - Elizabeth 10C
"It was a good way to build confidence" - Isa 10C
"I acquired confidence in myself and in my presentation skills" - Zaynat 10C
"It was an amazing experience. I really enjoyed working on my speech and hearing everyone else's fantastic and emotional speeches" - Leila 10T
Thanks to our Business Studies teacher, Mrs Issifu, for organising this workshop.