Power of speech has prize for pupils


SCHOOL chil­dren im­pressed judges with their elo­quence and poise at a town-wide speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The Pri­mary Youth Speaks event was or­gan­ised by the Ro­tary club of Macclesfield Cas­tle and hosted by Ash­grove School.

Seven ju­nior schools bat­tled it out for the tro­phy, but it was stu­dents at Marl­bor­ough Pri­mary School in Tyther­ing­ton that took the gold.

The hard fought com­pe­ti­tion in­cluded schools from Bolling­ton St John’s, Pott Shrigley, Ash Grove, Hurds­field, Hollinhey and Peover.

All the pupils used their ex­cel­lent lan­guage and pre­sen­ta­tion skills to tackle sub­jects such as ‘Is the in­ter­net a friend or en­emy to chil­dren?, The Mas­sai Tribe and ‘Big Cats and Hid­den Tal­ents’.

But it was a Marl­bor­ough Pri­mary School’s pre­sen­ta­tion on the ‘se­cret ben­e­fits of play­ing video games’ which im­pressed judges in the end.

David Hope, tu­tor at Marl­bor­ough school, said: “I am in­cred­i­bly proud of the per­for­mance.

“The chil­dren wrote all their own ma­te­rial, worked hard on their per­for­mance dur­ing each prac­tice ses­sion and saved their finest per­for­mance for the event it­self.

“I was so ex­cited to see how con­fi­dent and pol­ished the chil­dren’s speech was, es­pe­cially on stage un­der the bright lights and in front on a large crowd.

“My team were thrilled and can­not wait for the next round, which is for the Ro­tary North West Shield.”

Macclesfield Cas­tle club mem­bers also sup­port Macclesfield schools by run­ning com­pe­ti­tions and host­ing mock in­ter­views. Their next chal­lenge is the Ro­tary swimathon, which takes place on March 13, to help small groups raise funds for their char­ity.

To regis­ter a team call Alec John­ston on 01625 420209.

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