One of the 5 youth competitions that the Rotary Club of Wokingham sponsor annually

Our Club has been involved with the ‘Youth Speaks’ Inter Schools Public Speaking Competition for about 26 years. Just think, the original contestants would be about 40 now!

So, what is it all about?

About June-July each year, local schools are canvassed to see if they wish to compete against each other with teams of 3 pupils, 11-13 years old as at 30th August for the Intermediates, 14-17 for the Seniors. The first heats are held in December, usually in one of the schools entering one or more teams.

In the first heats in December at Luckley House School, the Intermediate team from Yateley Manor and the Senior team from Sandhurst School won to go through to the Zone Final. In these heats Yateley Manor were closely beaten by a team from The Abbey School, Reading, but Sandhurst School with their fascinating presentation of ‘Why Shakespeare?’ came out on top to go through to the District Final. 

Then what appeared to be a disaster happened.

The pupil who gives the ‘Vote of Thanks’  pulled out because of sickness at 3.00pm on the very day. A willing and courageous  replacement volunteered to write a speech and  practised it before leaving Sandhurst for the heat in Marlow. The performance from all of the schools had moved up a notch compared to previous heats.  Sandhurst School won again. We congratulate them on their professional team work and their response to an unexpected challenge.

The regional heats are on 25th March.  We wish them the best of luck.