The Ilfracombe Academy Students are top of the class when it comes to public speaking

Students from The Ilfracombe Academy have won the Regional round of the Youth Speaks schools’ public speaking competition, run by the Rotary Club of Devon.

Youth Speaks is a competition for young people between the ages of 11 and 18 organised by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland. It is just one of the ways that Rotary seeks to work with young people, supporting them at all stages to develop their self-confidence as they progress through school and into their chosen careers.

The competition began with six teams from Park Community School, Pilton Community College, Chulmleigh Community College, West Buckland School Braunton Academy and The Ilfracombe Academy taking part in the local heats. After winning this heat, the Academy team progressed to the Devon and Cornwall Regional Competition. Teams from across Devon and Cornwall came together in Bodmin on 27th February and competed to win the Regional title and go forward to the South West Final.

Year 8 students Jamie Newell, Kieren Currie Cathey and Mawgan Dagley, made up the winning team from the Academy. They spoke about Privacy on the Internet and gave a strong team performance with some convincing arguments and food for thought. Miss Kennedy, Teacher of English at The Ilfracombe Academy was clearly delighted with her team’s performance and commented, “I am very, very proud of the team who has worked extremely hard in preparation for the Youth Speaks competition. They are a great asset to the school and to themselves.”

The team will now represent the Devon and Cornwall in the South West Final in Cheddar on 19th March.

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