Taking up the Challenge to Speak Out
On the 7th March a group of courageous year 10 students scripted and performed a powerful speech as part of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge.
I suspect that most people would find standing up in front of a room full of people and performing a speech from memory a challenge, adults included! Yet there wasn’t a (visible) nerve in sight when, at the end of a brilliant and rewarding day, the students performed a carefully structured speech on a wide range of topics chosen by the students. Memorable moments included an insight into the role the media plays in promoting stereotypes, an unfortunate encounter at Trump Towers and a tumultuous love affair with Arsenal football club.
Training activities ranged from practical tips in how to use the 4 Ps (Pace, Pause, Pitch and being Powerful) to being posed bizarre questions to answer on the spot, such as ‘If you were a fruit which fruit would you be and why?’ and ‘If you were to invent anything that would improve our lives what would it be?’ The students took it all in their stride and worked incredibly hard to produce some outstanding work; everyone that took part should be very proud of what they achieved.
The judges and the students themselves have selected six Haggerston finalists:
Zoka Lusiela Mitogo
The next stage of the competition is what promises to be a nail-biting Haggerston final to select just two students to go on to compete at the Hackney final in May.
What the students had to say:
“The workshop is amazing – you get to learn a lot.”
“I felt like it definitely helped with my confidence and allowed me to talk about things I love.”