Monday 19th Apr 2021

Public Speaking Competition




On 8 March 2021, two teams of pupils represented CH in the English-Speaking Union’s Public Speaking Competition, which took place in a virtual format.

The prestigious ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, sponsored by the International Churchill Society, is the largest such contest in England and Wales, with around 400 teams (each comprising a speaker, questioner and a chairperson). The different roles allow students to practise and excel in different skill sets, and the competition’s unique format, which pairs the speaker from one school with the chair and questioner of another, encourages quick thinking and relationship building. Most of all it’s fun, and a great way for students to develop their oracy skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

The two teams representing CH were Oliver, Sam and Tallak (all LE/Year 9) who spoke on the topic ‘Policing in this country needs to change’ and Will, Ben and Amelie (all GE/Year 11), who spoke on the topic ‘It is class, not race, that rules in Britain today.’

All pupils spoke eloquently and did the School and themselves proud. Congratulations to Will, Ben and Amelie (GE/ Year 11) who got through to the next round. Amelie and Ben also received the award for best Chair and Questioner respectively.