Youth Speaks Success

On Wednesday 18th November, three teams participated in the Berkhamsted and Bulbourne local round of Rotary Club Youth Speaks competition. The prestigious competition is set up to allow children to speak about matters that mean a lot to their generation.

Two teams from Tring Park entered the Intermediate Level.

First Form:

  • Bella Martin (Chairperson)

  • Evie Jackson (Main Speaker)

  • Georgiana Wainwright-Jones (Proposer of the Vote of Thanks)

These girls delivered a speech on the topic of children’s rights with the title, ‘Children – Rights and Wrongs.’  Despite barely being able to see over the table, they spoke confidently about children’s rights in the Victorian era, moving on to discuss how children have so many more opportunities now, but that there is still room for improvement. They concluded that children all over the world should have a right to education and that those who do have this privilege should be a voice for those who do not.

Third form:

  • Petra Finlay (chairperson)

  • Arabella Fryzer (Main Speaker)

  • Grace Chan (Proposer of the Vote of Thanks)

These girls talked about the negative impact of photo-shopping on girls of their generation, using the title ‘Photoshop till we Drop!’.

Both teams competed against a strong and articulate team from Ashlyns School. However, our First Form won and will go on to compete in the District round in February.

Fourth Form:

  • Julia Lazarus (Chairperson)

  • Olivia Foskett (Main Speaker)

  • Elizabeth Lemon (Proposer of the Vote of Thanks)

These girls delivered a fascinating speech entitled ‘ Artificial Intelligence; should we be afraid?’ and also won the Upper Level of the competition, competing against Ashlyns School. Julia and Olivia are old hands at this now, having also competed to District Level last year.

All the girls were a credit to the school and feedback on the night was extremely positive. In particular, the girls were praised for their smart appearance, confident and intelligent delivery, teamwork and impeccable timing.