29th January 2019 — Yateley Manor invited three other schools to bring a team of four Year 7 and 8 pupils to take part in their annual Public Speaking Competition. Each of the speakers prepared a four minute speech on a subject of their choice and these ranged from “Is artificial intelligence a threat to humanity?” and “Is it time to reconsider our stance on Brexit?” to “Poverty”. At the end of their talks, the speakers were asked questions by the judging panel and the audience.
Antonia Robinson, Head of English at Yateley Manor, who organised the event, said “Each school provided a judge and marks were awarded on content, timing, use of speech making techniques and use of notes. All sixteen of the competitors spoke with eloquence and confidence, skills that are vital in today’s world, which made the judges’ job extremely difficult.”
At the end of the morning, Yateley Manor was delighted to hear that their team had won the shield for the highest scoring team and that Poppy Treacher had won the cup for best speaker for her talk on “The Problem Plastic Poses to our Oceans”.