On Thursday 4th February the team from Sherborne Preparatory School, who won the local heat of the Intermediate Youth Speaks Competition, travelled to Holyrood Academy in Chard. Together with seven other teams they competed in the semi-finals to win a place in the regional event.
There were two teams from the Park school another from Holyrood itself, Colfox in Bridport was represented as was Wadham from Crewkerne, Sunninghill from Dorchester and Beaminster school. There was a wide range of topics chosen from the more serious like “Equality and Gender stereotypes” that Sunninghill spoke about to the more lighthearted subjects “ToTweet or not to Tweet” as chosen by Colfox.
The standard of preparation and delivery by all teams was extremely good but Beaminster School were adjudged to be the winners by the adjudicators Mrs Kerton-Johnson, Mrs Sarah Green and Mr Johnathan Farey. They spoke about “What makes a Sport” and were praised for their clear argument and confident delivery. They will now go on to compete again on 27th February at the Regional finals at the Kings of Wessex School in Cheddar. Colfox Academy came second with their talk on Tweeting.
Sherborne Prep’s team of Felix Beddow chairman, Mathew Dick speaker, and Rory Gibbs the proposer of thanks all gave a confident performance talking about “Time”. They were commended by the judges for their team work when their chairman momentarily lost his way his team members very subtly slid his prompt cards into view. The students all represented themselves and their school extremely well. It was a very well attended event organised by Chard Rotary club.