Primary Pupils in the Isle of Wight have the “Power” to Speak Up.

The winners of the Speaking competition.

The winners of the Speaking competition.

Many thanks to Rosemary Peacock and Liz Burden our CAFOD school volunteers for organising  the fifth CAFOD  Public Speaking Competition for Year Six pupils in the Isle of Wight.  Also thanks to the pupils, staff and parents of St Blasius C of E Primary Academy, Shanklin; Holy Cross R.C.Primary School, East Cowes; St Saviour’s R.C. Primary School, Totland;  St Thomas of Canterbury’s R.C. Primary School, Carisbrooke for supporting the event.

Rosemary told me about the competition- “The theme for the talks this year was, “Power to Be”, looking at provision of solar power for those who have no electricity.  This helps improve education, health (fridges for storing vaccines, etc; enabling clinics to work after dark if required) and general living conditions for many.  The local CAFOD education volunteers provide an identical preparatory session for Yr 6’s taking part in the competition, then the pupils are left to research the topic and write short talks about it.  Each school then selects 2 speakers and a reserve to represent their school at the final of the competition which was held on the 27th February at Christ the King College.

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Our judges this year were Mrs Pat Goodhead, Principal of Christ the King College, Carisbrooke; Fr Emmanuel Oedemone, R.C. Parish Priest of Carisbrooke; Mr Andrew Munn, a representative of the Island’s Catenian Society which has kindly provided the trophy for the winning school which was St Blasius C of E Primary Academy.  They found the standard of the talks and their presentations to be extremely good.”

So well done to everyone who took part and a HUGE THANK YOU to the organisers.



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