Speech is to persuade, to covert, to compel
This year’s Davenies Public Speaking Competition was compered by the Head boy and Deputy Head Boy, who ran the show with poise, confidence and a calmness which belied their nerves!
Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to covert, to compel
Ralph Wardo Emerson
A packed house saw Year 3 boys entertain us with poetry, as did Year 4. Year 5 worked as duos with a variety of different genres, whilst Year 6 chose their own piece to recite. Year 7 gave us more traditional speeches on subjects close to their hearts from cricket to the art of Public Speaking!
The standard was incredibly high. The judges had to make some difficult decisions, but felt that every single boy involved deserved credit for standing on stage. They were hopeful each entrant would have taken something positive from the experience.
One of the comperes suggested that the boys should ‘visualise themselves being fabulous’ – they almost certainly were!
Tough as the competition was, however, the following boys were declared the winners of their respective year groups: Robert Jones, Ben Watkins, Clement David & Ashwin Jarman, Ben Litherland and Oliver Walker.