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The Youth Speaks District heat competition, sponsored by Rochdale Rotary Club, was held at Falinge Park HS. Eight school teams of 3 competed in this nationwide competition run by Rotary International of GB and Ireland.
The audience of over 60 was treated to speeches 6 minutes long on a wide range of topics, with responses from a fellow student chairman and proposer of vote of thanks.
The Chairperson was Sophie Wilkinson, and Beech House school’s Speaker was Charlotte Higginson who talked of the plight of the homeless sleeping rough. Society should be more compassionate and not reject them. Finland has dramatically reduced the problem by rehousing people straightaway and by giving intensive advice and support. The vote of thanks was given by Samina Rashid.
Each speaker was asked a question from a nominated questioner, testing their understanding of their subject/topic.
The adjudicators John Wroe, Michael Knowles and Patricia Russel commented on the great variety and quality of the speeches and also gave feedback to teams afterwards
The Intermediate under 14years winner was Bolton Girls Schoo.l
Rochdale’s Mayor Councillor Mohammed Zaman presented certificates to all the students and said he had greatly enjoyed the event. Rotarian Warren Heyes from the Rotary district 1285 said ‘The skills and confidence shown at such a young age were simply amazing.’
Date online: 06 February 2019