Year 10 Speak Out Success

On Friday 11th December, 29 Year 10 students took theirfirst steps in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge. It is the first time that the Academy has participated in this national competition and our students got off to a great start, having a full day of coaching in their presentation skills. As well as considering voice, body language and style, the students learnt how to structure and craft a speech that would grab an audience’s attention and make their voices heard. One particular feature of the coaching was working on speaking confidently without notes; the group discussed how this could support them with university applications and future employment .

The day culminated with the first competition round where students delivered their speeches in front of the group, myself, and Carl, their Jack Petchey coach. Speech topics were varied and included, bullying, protecting the environment, artificial intelligence and diving. The quality level was so high that it was impossible for me to judge alone, so we have taken seven students through to a Year 10 assembly final, to be held in January, where two of the students will be selected to represent their school in the Redbridge heats.

Congratulations to all who participated and delivered such wonderful speeches, but in particular to our finalists: Halema Anjum, Keanna Bhalla, Zaynah Chaudhry, Max Haluwa, Yusra Kilic, Simran Larr and Awais Seyyad.

Ms Atkinson