Speak­ing up reaps re­wards for fes­ti­val con­tes­tants

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

CHIL­DREN from an Amer­sham school wowed judges at an an­nual lo­cal arts com­pe­ti­tion.

Pupils from Heather­ton House School in Amer­sham won the Speech Sec­tion of the 40th an­nual Che­sham Arts Fes­ti­val held at Ley Hill School on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 6. The in­de­pen­dent school for girls pro­duced 30 en­trants for the event, and walked away with three first po­si­tions, two sec­onds and four thirds.

Nine girls were also awarded hon­ours cer­tifi­cates for achiev­ing marks of 90 per cent and over. Two par­tic­u­lar Heather­ton pupils, Mia Mo­ri­uchi and El­lie Shield, im­pressed the judges so much that they were awarded tro­phies and were asked to per­form their pieces again at the Che­sham Arts Fes­ti­val Fi­nal Con­cert for Mu­sic and Speech, which was held at The Fe­bru­ary 21.

Proud teacher and men­tor Carolyn Fen­ton said: “The girls are all part of a pop­u­lar pub­lic speak­ing and po­etry recita­tion class at school and have been prac­tis­ing re­ally hard. I re­ally wanted them to en­joy the

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on ex­pe­ri­ence and fin­ish with a smile on their faces, which they all did. The amaz­ing re­sults were a fab­u­lous bonus.” Year four pupil Michaela Ran­some said: “I was a bit ner­vous be­fore. But once I had started, I be­gan to re­ally en­joy my­self and I would def­i­nitely en­ter again.”

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