IOW Primary Schools Speak Up!

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Pupils from four Catholic primary schools on the Isle of Wight went head to head on the evening of 8 July at CAFOD’s Primary Public Speaking Final organised by our Education Volunteers, Rosemary Peacock and Liz Burden.

Teachers, parents and pupils from Holy Cross (East Cowes), St Mary’s (Ryde), St Saviour’s (Totland) and St Thomas of Canterbury’s (Carisbrooke) gathered together at Christ the King College to hear the eight finalists give their talks on either the subject of Climate Change or on How Poverty Stops Children Getting to School.

Rosemary told us;

“For weeks beforehand, the children were learning about the two issues under consideration, namely how climate change affects the lives of many people across the world and how poverty adversely affects the education of the next generation. They’ve also been learning that it doesn’t have to be this way and that we can all play a part in improving things.

“The standard on the night was very high indeed. Well done to everyone who took part!”

Judges included Ryan Williams, Deputy Head of Christ the King College; Mrs Fiona White, wife of the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight; Fr Gerard Flynn, Coordinating Pastor, and Mr Nick Filbee, representative of the Isle of Wight Catenian Association.  The Catenian Association has also kindly provided the winners’ shield, which was won by Holy Cross school.

Liz Burden said,

“They were all really marvellous.  We hope the competition will improve pupils’ understanding of the world we live in and encourage them to take action to make a difference.  Public speaking is such a valuable life skill.  We hope it will build pupils’ confidence and encourage them to continue to speak out about issues they care about in their local communities.”

Thank you to all the fantastic judges who had a very difficult job to do, to all the teachers and pupils who worked so hard preparing their talks and to all their families too for helping them practice.   Thank you too to the Catenians who provided such a fab shield!  And a special word of thanks of course should go to our fantastic Education Volunteers, Rosemary Peacock and Liz Burden, for organising this whole event. Thank you everyone!

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