On Monday 10th March, ten very excited but nervous students from Year 5 and 6 entered the hall to take part in the Year 5 and 6 Public Speaking Competition 2014.
The selection process began a few weeks before with all the students in Year 5 and 6 being given the title ‘The Most Influential Person in History’. Their task was to write a speech that had an interesting opening, creative thinking ideas, was persuasive and had a clear conclusion. All the students had the chance to present their speech to their class and then a winner from each class was put forward to the final.
The finalists were then asked to present their speech once again but this time to all of Key Stage 2 as well as the two official judges, Mr Pearce and Mrs Nadarajah. We listened to some very persuasive arguments on why Steve Jobs, The Earl of Sandwich and Larry Page were the most influential people in history. The confidence the students displayed and the way they commanded the stage was fantastic. Each and every one of them showed exactly why they were selected to be in the final.
The results were very close and trying to decide a winner was exceptionally hard with the Year 5s giving their Year 6 friends a real run for their money. After much deliberation between Mr Pearce and Mrs Nadarajah, Jasper Meckel from 6T was announced as the overall winner with his speech on Cavemen being the most influential people as they discovered fire. His speech had everything we were looking for; well structured, humourous, detailed research used as well as excellent presence on stage.
Well done Jasper and to all the finalists that took part, it truly was a fantastic competition and showed once again how amazing our Alice Smith students are.
Key Stage Two Leader