This year The Blue Coat School entered a team to compete in the Liverpool Law Society’s Public Speaking Competition for the very first time. The team chosen to represent the School, Jamil and Jamie of Blundell, were selected on the basis of their winning performance during a recent Year 9 House Debating Competition.
Organisers of the highly competitive competition asked Jamie and Jamil to speak for 10 minutes about why Britain should not remain in the E.U. Both boys spent time constructing and practising their arguments with support from Ms Athis, Mr Croxton and Deputy Head Girl, Sophia Lawrence.
On January 20th the competition finally got underway at St. Francis Xavier’s College (SFX), with our team supported by Mrs O’Rourke, Ms Hutchings, Ms Athis and family members. Four schools were competing to make it through to the final round : The Blue Coat School, SFX, Halewood Academy and King David. Many of our competitors were older, however this did not impact on Jamil and Jamie’s fantastic performance.
The students presented their arguments to the judging panel who then posed a question to each team, based on their speech. Students had two minutes to deliberate before they had to respond. Points were awarded for a range of presentational qualities, as well as content and students were penalised for not abiding by the time allowance.
The standard of presentations and detailed content from each team was very strong; however we were delighted when The Blue Coat School students were announced as the winners. As the evening drew to a close the judging panel commended them for their speech and team work, and were amazed at their high standard considering their age.
Jamil and Jamie will now compete in the final on the 9th March at Liverpool John Moores University.
We would like to congratulate both students for their superb effort and wish them all the best in next month’s final.