Keswick Students attend Youth Speaks District Finals

Keswick Rotary Club supported two teams from Keswick School in the Youth Speaks District finals on Saturday 7th February hosted by Windermere School. The national competition encourages young people to develop their public speaking skills and teamwork, as they plan and present a collaborative speech to the audience and esteemed judges.


Following heats held within school an intermediate team was selected to present in the 11 – 13 age category, and a senior team to present in the 14 – 17 age category. Gabrielle Atkinson (Chair), Rebecca Fell (Speaker) and Megan Stevens (Vote of Thanks) competed admirably against six other teams from the Lancashire and Cumbria district, only to be beaten by a team from Fisher More School, Colne. Matthew Rawlinson (Chair), Sebastian Astell (Speaker) and Michael Huit (Vote of Thanks) entertained the audience with their speech on the appeal of magic, in an extremely competitive field of nine teams. They were commended for their performance and Michael Huit received the individual prize for ‘Best Vote of Thanks’. The senior competition was finally won by Balshaws C of E High School.

Pupils, parents, teachers and members of the Keswick Rotary Club enjoyed a day of inspiring speeches and plans are afoot for next year’s entries.

Annabelle Allport, English teacher said, ‘We have been impressed with our pupils’ commitment to their respective teams and the quality of their speeches and presentation. Without the support of the Rotary Club the teams would not have had this excellent opportunity to compete at such a high level, so our thanks for the continued support to the school from Keswick Rotary Club.’

10th February 2015