Wednesday 6 February saw the County Finals of the Intermediate Public Speaking Competition run by the Rotary Club. The standard was higher than I have ever seen, and it was a testament to the skill of our wonderful Yr 9 team that they held their own in this formidable environment, namely the County Hall in Chelmsford.
The format of the competition was team based, so that each school provided a speaker, chair and questioner. Felsted were ably chaired by Helen Matthews, who managed the team well and set the tone for the rest of the evening. Her confidence and perceptive comments meant that the audience were fully engaged during the performance. Ruby Rose spoke on the theme of palm oil and urged us to consider how we might stop consuming it. Her quiet yet persuasive tone had the whole room mesmerised. Olivia Harding stepped in at the last minute and gave a polished performance as the Vote of Thanks. She spoke winsomely as she summarised Ruby’s speech and brought the team presentation to a neat conclusion.
Despite not being the victors, I could not have been prouder of these Felsted students, and I look forward to seeing them speaking on bigger stages in years to come.
Miss E McLaren