Youth Speaks

Three students from the Cottesloe School Sixth Form have won first prize in an interschool public speaking competition.
The team, made up of Year 13 students Bryn Blake, Tom Crilly–McKean and Joshua Jackson, defeated two opposing teams at the Rotary Club's Youth Speaks competition, held at Aylesbury Grammar School on Friday, November 28.
It was the third year in a row that the boys had taken part in the competition, and they were very keen to build on the previous year, when they delivered a fantastic talk at the District Finals in Chalfont St Peter, narrowly missing out on a podium position.
Team chairman Bryn said: "We were absolutely elated to win. We nearly jumped out of our seats; especially given how tough the competition was. There were some really good speakers involved, drama students with great stage control and they really knew how to project their voices, so we were really pleased to win. We're really thankful to the Rotary Club for organising the competition". The team spoke on the importance of a shared language to social cohesion, in a witty talk titled 'Scones, the destroyers of worlds'.
The Cottesloe team will now progress to the district round of the competition in February, where they will face stiff competition from schools from across Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. English teacher Mr Ockendon, who prepared the team for the competition, was overjoyed with the win. He said: "The boys have really done the school proud. Their speech was fantastic and the judges and other competitors were full of praise for them afterwards. It was a close competition, but we are very happy to be going through." It is the second year in a row that the Cottesloe School has reached the district finals of the competition. The winning students were each awarded with a certificate and book voucher.