Kent Schools Speaking Competition
Students from eight schools across Kent took part in the annual Kent Schools Speaking Competition held at Invicta Grammar School on Wednesday, 2 April. In the first round students spoke for two minutes on prepared topics based on Humour, Passion, Learning and Freedom. Round two consisted of a one minute speech based on topics unseen until that evening. Should Royal Princes be in the armed forces? What Famous person should be next Prime Minister? Are exams a good thing? The judges certainly had their work cut out.
The standard of presentation and delivery was inspiring. The young people from Borden Grammar School, Dartford Grammar School, Invicta Grammar school, Maidstone Grammar School, Rochester Grammar School, Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School, The Norton Knatchbull School and Valley Park School certainly set a very high standard.
The winner in the 14 and Under Competition was Priya Brown from Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School. The winner in the Over 14 Competition was Suzanna Steward from Invicta Grammar School and the overall winning school was Rochester Grammar.
We would like to thank our judges Professor Tim Luckhurst from the University of Kent, Mr Michael Springett from Maidstone Rotary, Mr John Taylor from Page and Wells and Mrs Francis Coppola Associate editor at Pieira.co.uk. We would also like to thank to Mrs Jane Shepherd Miller for her invaluable contribution to the event and Mr William Miller who acted as the timekeeper.
We look forward to next year’s event.