Stu­dents com­pete in speeches

Coastal News - - News - By LAU­RIE WEBB O¯ poutere School teacher

On Septem­ber 7, four O¯ poutere School stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual Thames Val­ley speech com­pe­ti­tion hosted by the Thames Lions Club.

Stu­dents Maisie Dyer and Vi­ola Ham­mond com­peted in the Year 5 and 6 sec­tion and Lola An­der­son and Lily Hon­ey­combe com­peted in the Year 7 and 8 sec­tion. Maisie took first place and Vi­ola sec­ond place over­all in their sec­tion against 15 other stu­dents from across the Thames Val­ley district. Lola and Lily com­peted against a strong group of 22 senior stu­dents plac­ing well and with all four stu­dents plac­ings com­bined O¯ poutere School took out the over­all school win.

“I felt good about my speech but I didn’t ex­pect to place,” Maisie said. “I was amazed, it was fun and I was so happy that our school won over­all as well.”

“This was only the sec­ond year we have sent stu­dents along to com­pete in this com­pe­ti­tion and we were ab­so­lutely thrilled by the stan­dard of their speeches,” Prin­ci­pal Jethro Dyer said. “Thank you to the Thames Lions Club for spon­sor­ing and or­gan­is­ing this an­nual event. It is a great chance for stu­dents to show­case their speeches beyond the class­room to a wider au­di­ence.

“Win­ning the over­all school cup was a great achieve­ment for our stu­dents and we are so proud of their ef­forts.”

O¯ poutere School ac­knowl­edged senior teach­ers Mrs Webb and Mrs Ken­nings for pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents to learn how to write and present speeches at a com­pet­i­tive level. The speech com­pe­ti­tion is now on the an­nual cal­en­dar and we look for­ward to com­pet­ing again next year.


Maisie Dyer, Vi­ola Ham­mond, Lola An­der­son and Lily Hon­ey­combe from O¯ poutere School.

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