Isle of Wight Pupils Speak Up for CAFOD!

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

Teachers, parents and pupils from Holy Cross RC Primary (East Cowes), St Mary’s RC Primary (Ryde), St Saviour’s RC Primary (Totland), St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary (Carisbrooke) and St Blasius’ Church of England Academy (Shanklin) gathered together at Christ the King College to hear the finalists give their talks on the subject of food and hunger.

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Rosemary told us;

“For weeks beforehand, the children have been thinking about why people are still hungry in our world when there’s enough food for everyone. They’ve been learning how climate change affects food production and the difference Fairtrade can make to the lives of many people across the world. 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 on the night included Mr Ryan Williams, Assistant Prinicipal of Christ the King College, Fr Emmanuel Odoemene, from St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church in Newport, Mr Nick Filbee, a representative of the Isle of Wight Catenian Association and Mr Alan Marriot, Editor of the Isle of Wight County Press. The Catenian Association also kindly provided the winners’ shield which this year was won by St Thomas of Canterbury RC primary in Carisbrooke.

Congratulations to St Thomas of Canterbury and to all the schools.  You all did so well!IOW Public Speaking Comp July 2016fThank 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 lovely 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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