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Success for SCD students at English Speaking Union Competition

Congratulations to Year 11 students who gave a great performance on Tuesday 29th January, when St Clement Danes School hosted the branch heats of the English Speaking Union Competition. Our students spoke with great eloquence and the judges awarded our teams 1st and 2nd place in the competition. The standard of the event was extremely high, and our students should be proud of their achievement.

Each team consists of three students - a Chairperson, a Questioner and a Speaker. Each role demands different but complementary skills.

The winning team was Milo (Chairperson), Alexander (Speaker ) and Louis, the questioner. Their subject was 'Is crowd funding the way forward for our business community?'

Runners up were Samantha (Chairperson), Darcy (Speaker) and Francesca (Questioner). Their subject was 'Children would be more creative if they didn't have to  go to school.'

The speaker talks on a pre-agreed topic for a maximum of five minutes. During that time they must articulate their argument and demonstrate a wide knowledge of their subject. The questioner then takes over, challenging the speaker on points within their speech or seeking clarification or further details. The chairperson's role is to open and close proceedings, introduce their team, manage questions from both the questioner and the audience, and keep things running to time.

During each round of the competition, the Chairperson and Questioner from one school were randomly selected to present with the Speaker from another school.

Thanks to Year 13 student Maxwell Duncan, who along with English teachers, Ms Heatley and Mrs McLetchie-George, assisted the students in preparing for the competition.

The next round of the competition is the East Regional Final, which will be held on Saturday 16th March 2019 at Magdalene College, Cambridge. We wish our students continued success at the next round of the competition. Well done!

To find out more information about the English Speaking Union Competition please follow the links below; 

https://www.esu.org/our-work/public-speaking-competition

https://twitter.com/esudebate?lang=en