On Monday, students from our Acer Trust partner schools joined four teams of our own year 7 students to compete for the Acer Trust shield. The topics students chose were fascinating, ranging from 'Will the internet be the death of books?' and 'Gender discrimination in sport' to 'The injustice of collective punishment' and, from a team from Chalgrove primary school year 6, 'We believe SATs should be abolished'.
The winning team, from Matthew Arnold School, gave a very well-researched speech about Orthorexia, an eating disorder linked to the 'clean eating' trend, which the judges were very impressed to learn about. Awards were also given for best speaker, Chalgove School's Ariane Richards; best vote of thanks, Icknield School's Dan Mayor and best chairperson, our own Edward Robbins.
The judges were people who use public speaking in their work: Councillor Laura Price, our local County Councillor; Amy Beecham, a former student, now studying creative writing at Warwick University and campaigning to end period poverty; and Jamie Jackson, an English teacher with a strong interest in speaking skills. All three agreed it had been very difficult to choose winners form such a strong field.
Congratulations to all who took part and coached the teams.
Literacy Lead teacher.