As usual, the standard was extremely high when students from our four Academic houses competed for the Inter House Public Speaking Cup on Tuesday 20 March.
A famous Vaudeville Entertainer from the 1920's said "Your brain starts working from the moment you are born, and does not stop until the moment you stand up to speak in public" Thankfully, all of the competitors were not stuck for words and were able to speak with clarity and aplomb which made the Judges job extremely hard.
It's always tough going first but the Crews Team of Austen Pattison, Taneeya Mishra and Sahiba Sahed rose to the occasion and set a high standard for the rest of the competitors.
Hornby House were next and the 'all boys' team of Riley Tomlinson, Philipp Manuilov and Jonty Cawkwell gave an assured performance and eventually came out Winners of the Team Competition which is awarded for the best overall team performance on the night.
Cooper's entry featured the winning Main Speaker, Berenice Collingnon, who spoke with great authority and a little humour! about how 'Humanity is Doomed!'. Bernice was ably supported by Sibelle Baz as Chair and Hamish Fraser, Vote of Thanks.
The evening was rounded off by Armstong House whose Chair, Emily Hazledine and Vote of Thanks, Dan Fryer, both came out on top for their individual performances. Anzareen Chaudhury was the Main Speaker and she gave a very passionate speech about the historic troubles in her home country of Bangladesh.
Ms Powell gave Austen Pattison a special commendation for all his hard work and effort leading up to the competition.
It was a brilliant evening and Lead Judge, Mrs Anna Mack commented on how well all the students performed and what an important skill they will have to take forward into the future. Well Done everyone!