Public speaking prize is shared

Social media was the theme for this year's annual public speaking competition at Berwick Middle School.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 02 July, 2016, 08:04
Berwick Middle School pupils Rory Lathangie (left), Kit Cawthorn (right), joint winners of the public speaking prize.

Year 8 pupils Kit Cawthorn and Rory Lathangie were declared joint winners of the John Leigh Memorial Prize for Spoken English.

Other finalists were Chloe Farminer-Bache, Sophie Paterson, Sam Rogers and Beth Wilson.

The judging panel was made up of representatives from the Town Council and the local community, teachers and headteachers from other schools and staff from Berwick Middle School.

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The whole of Year 8 watched and were also given the chance to vote for their choice. They chose Kit Cawthorn but judges decided to split the prize.

The finalists had to compete in four rounds by reading aloud an extract from 1984 by George Orwell; a text about the history of social media; an unseen text; and a debate speech. The final round was a spirited debate about the motion: This house believes that social media makes us anti-social. A vote taken before the debate showed the vast majority disagreed with the motion, however after the debate finished, pupils had been persuaded to agree with the motion.