Portsmouth High School girls faced tough competition in the first round of the public speaking competition, Youth Speaks, but won and came runners up in both the Intermediate and Senior sections.
Youth Speaks, organised by Rotary International, is a national competition for school children to give young people the opportunity to express themselves clearly and effectively in public.
Portsmouth High School’s team comprising of Chair, Phoebe Chubb, 17, Speaker, Charlie Smith, 16 and Proposer Issey Gladstone, 16, won the Senior round with a compelling and amusing speech, ‘How fit do you have to be to get a Doctor’s appointment?’
‘It was very stiff competition,’ said Charlie Smith, 17. ‘The other teams were very good and we were really surprised, and delighted, to win.’
Charlie went on to win the Speaker award for the evening with her teammate, Phoebe Chubb won the Chair award. Rosie Tredray, 15, in the runners up team, won best Proposer.
In the Intermediate section, Maddie Jones, 12, Lucy Rukin, 12 and Chloe Wildsmith, 13, won the section with a passionate speech entitled ‘How war has an impact on local communities.’
‘What really impressed me was the depth of their research,’ said Head of English, Mrs Yvonne Williams. ‘Youth Speaks is not just a public speaking competition but a personal project and a team effort and the girls were confident and knowledgeable about their subjects.’
The next round of Youth Speaks takes place on Thursday 5 February at Ferneham Hall Osborne Road Fareham at 6.00pm.