On Tuesday, two brave souls from year 5 and a number of other children from across Key Stage 2 walked to Litherland High School for a Public Speaking competition. The two brave souls – Ruby and Patrick – were competing against four other schools from our local Horizon Network. Children from all these schools had prepared a speech or short poem to present and three students from LHS were the judges.After the initial welcome, we were started off with a speech by one of the judges (he was very good) and that set the tone for the rest of the morning.
All the presentations where really interesting; we had some performance poems and original poems, a speech first given by the sixteen year old Malala Yousafzai to the United Nations assembly, and our two pupils discussed whether or not the school day should be made an hour longer.
While the judges deliberated, we were treated to a young man singing and he was accompanied on the piano by a girl – both from LHS – and both amazing!
The contestants from St Oswalds won the competition with a performance of the Witches poem from Macbeth and a young girl reciting a fantastic and inspirational poem she’d written herself.
Everyone received a certificate and the winner took away the shield which we are going compete for next year!
But that wasn’t the end! Oh no. The lady who organised this event (and so many others), Mrs Elams, is going to retire soon. So secretly, all the schools that took part planned to surprise her with a performance of songs we knew she’d love. And she was so taken aback and surprised it brought tears to her eyes.
The whole morning was a really enjoyable event. Well done to Ruby and Patrick for taking part and to everyone else for singing so well.