On Sunday 24th April, three students from Bridlington School travelled to Catmose College Leicestershire to compete in the Regional Finals of the public speaking completion Youth Speaks. Their speech entitled ‘ Opportunity Knocks or Opportunity Knocked?’ explored the importance of accepting challenges rather than just coasting in your comfort zone, sentiments which are extremely relevant to these particular students as they plan their future steps after Year 11.
Although they were not the school chosen to go through to the National Finals , at only their first time of entering the competition they rose admirably to the challenge of presenting an inspiring and thought provoking speech to an audience of Rotarians, students from other schools and their parents. Chloe Dowson as the Chairperson confidently introduced the topic before handing over to the Speaker Jade Inman who was animated and expressive in her delivery . As Proposer of the Vote of Thanks, Megan Pattinson then eloquently concluded the presentation which was well received by the audience.
Their English teacher Mrs Hackney said : ‘ Bridlington School is so proud of all three girls who not only worked so hard to deliver a flawless speech, but pushed themselves way out of their personal comfort zones just to take part in such a challenging competition. The experience has boosted their confidence in their abilities and has been invaluable in encouraging a positive attitude to their success in their GCSE exams. We have been promoting the value of speeches, constructing persuasive arguments and debate as a way of increasing achievement across all subjects and the three girls are absolute proof of these benefits. They are looking forward to competing again next year!’