Local school teams took part in the annual Youth Speaks public speaking competition, organised by the Rotary Club of Cuckfield & Lindfield and held at Oathall School.
Six teams from Ardingly and Oathall Colleges took part, three in the intermediate and three in the senior age groups.
An incredibly wide range of topics had been chosen by the erudite students. The audience, which consisted of parents, teachers, pupils and Rotarians were treated to a fascinating set of talks.
In the Intermediate section these went from a novel “Should bees replace dogs in the search for drugs?” to the topical “The internet – eroding social skills?”
In the break between sections the adjudicators retired to judge the Intermediate section whilst the audience retired for a refreshing cup of tea provided by The Inner Wheel Club.
Upon returning, the winners were declared to be Oathall School with their talk, “The power of enrichment activities,” referring to the school farm. Titles from the seniors were “Was Polybius a CIA experiment?” and “The generation gap” from Ardingly College, but the winning team was Oathall College with a worrying “Social Media is destroying our society”,
All competitors received a certificate to record their efforts and the winning chair, speaker and vote of thanks in each section received an award and a book token prize. The competition was strong and the results extremely close.
The prizes were awarded by the Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council, Councillor Gordon Marples and the Adjudication team of Michael Anstey, Zoe James and Rachel Brock received our thanks after difficult judgements were made to choose between the very high standards.
The Southern Intermediate Final is to be held on 7th February at Weald School Billingshurst, the Southern Senior Final on 10th February Shoreham Academy, Kingston Lane, Shoreham.
The District Finals are on 7th March at Farnham.
See rotarysussex.org or contact Jaime Wallden on 01273 983 192, email jaimewallden@mansellmctaggart for more information about the Rotary Club.
MSDC Chairman Councillor Gordon Maples is pictured presenting the prizes to the winning teams.
Report and pictures contributed by Rotary Club of Cuckfield & Lindfield.