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Public Speaking Winners

Our annual public speaking contest for pupils in Years 7 to 10 went digital this term.

Every girl participated in the first round, giving speeches in front of their class via Teams. The top student from each class then went head to head in front of their whole year group, also online, with a panel of teachers acting as judges.

The finalists performed superbly, managing to engage their audience and retain their presence and poise despite communicating via video link. We heard speeches on a wide range of topics, from a serious exploration of the dangers of mica mining to a comedic dismissal of horoscopes! Every student was confident, articulate and thoughtful and all of the girls’ responses to questions were impressive.

In the end, the judges decided on a winner and a runner-up in each year group. In Year 7, the winner was Eleanor (‘The Government’s Coronavirus Response in Schools’) and the joint runners-up were Camille (‘The Not-So-Cute Side of Brandy Melville’) and Sophia (‘Questioning Authority’). In Year 8, Olivia (‘The Wombles of Wimbledon’) took the top prize, while the runner-up was Alice (‘The Yorkie Bar Advertising Campaign’). In Year 9, the winner was Mehr (‘Nepotism’), with Noa (‘Horoscopes’) taking second place. Finally, in Year 10, the winner was Erin (‘Lead Paint in New York City’), with Alex (‘Swearing’) coming second.

The speakers were a credit to South Hampstead and its continued championing of oracy. Well done to all of the winners and finalists.

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