Two teams from St Edward’s took part in the Gloucestershire Branch Final of the English-Speaking Union Churchill Public Speaking Competition on Tuesday evening. The event, which was held at the Municipal Offices and attended by the Mayor, Councillor Roger Whyborn, saw teams from Pates’ Grammar School and The Cotswold School compete alongside St Edward’s.

It was a splendid evening giving the adults great confidence in the future, as they listened to young people speaking and questioning on a variety of topics including:

  • Children should be seen and not heard
  • Education policy should be set by experts, not politicians
  • Success is whatever you want it to be
  • Schools should be religious free zones
  • Prisoners should have the right to vote

The St Edward’s Team of Annabel S (Year 11) who was the Chair, Pati L (Year 10) who was Speaker and Freya H (Year 11) who was Questioner, put on a fine display to named as the overall winners on the night. As Gloucestershire Champions, the Team now progresses to the next round in Oxford in March. Freya also was awarded the Best Questioner Prize.

The other St Edward’s Team of Sophie E (Year 10), Rachel S (Year 10) and Grace V (Year 11) also gave a superb performance and should be very proud of themselves. We were very pleased that so many St Edward’s parents came to support them.

A special mention goes to James S (Year 13) who has acted as Timekeeper for this event (and for the Heats) over the last three years. The Chairman of the Judges, paid tribute and made a presentation to him.

Congratulations to all six girls who were so magnificent and good luck to Annabel, Freya and Pati in March.