Public speaking is a wonderful way to get children thinking on their feet, and is one of the best preparations to fine tune their ability to present themselves and communicate effectively with others.

This weekend Miss Makepeace’s Year 8 ‘Youth Speaks’ team, Aaron, Poppy and Harry, competed in the North Devon Area Finals of the Rotary Club’s national public speaking competition. Their engaging speech was based on the current state of the Dairy Industry and the changes required for this agricultural sector.

The Rotary Club has run public speaking competitions for young people for many years. The Youth Speaks competition, involves a team of three young people. The Chairman controls the meeting and introduces the Speaker who delivers a short address on a topic of his or her choice. The Speaker is thanked by a third person who delivers a Vote of Thanks.

The Kingsley team performed really well and were delighted to be runners-up in this competition. Congratulations to the teams from Braunton Academy and Park Community School for reaching the next round, we wish you every success.