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Public Speaking Capital Success!

26 March 2018 | Tagged: Senior School, Competitions

The High School had four pupils competing in Public Speaking and Debating competitions finals over the past week, with one pupil seeing off the competition to be crowned Scottish champion.

ESU Scottish Schools' Public Speaking Final

On Saturday 24th March, Fourth Year pupil Rohan McMillan and Second Year pupil Jenna Padgett (above) both competed in the ESU Schools' Public Speaking Competition Final in Edinburgh, having successfully come through heats to reach this stage. Finalists had to present a creative speech of five minutes on specific topics.

Rohan participated well in the Senior Competition for S4-S6 pupils with the theme surrounding a quote from Kofi Annan: "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." Rohan took home a certificate for his participation in the final.

However Jenna (pictured with her trophy below) was able to go one better, winning the Speakers' Corner Challenge, the competition for S1-S3 students. The theme surrounding the Margaret Mead quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Jenna suitably impressed the judges on the day to be crowned overall winner and was awarded a certificate and the Speakers' Corner Challenge Cup.    

ESU Scottish Schools' Mace Debating Final

Earlier in the week, the School also had the Sixth Year team of Sophie Crawford and Abby Meuli (above) participating in the final stages of the ESU Scottish Schools' Mace Debating Competition at the ESU Building in Edinburgh. Having ably come through a number of heats earlier in the session, the girls debated well on the day but were unfortunately unable to win the Scottish crown.

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