On Monday 22nd June 2015 four boys and six girls from Year 10 competed for the Jonathan Logue Public Speaking Cup. This year the standard was, as ever, extremely high presenting the judges with great difficulty in awarding the top three places. Our judges were two previous – and much loved – members of the English Department here at Dalriada, Mrs Mary Doherty and Ms Hilary Timmons, who kindly returned to be part of this annual Key Stage 3 event.
This year a good range of topical and controversial topics were chosen from the popularity of eBooks to Is Consumerism Killing the Earth? We had a brand new topic chosen by Daniel Steele who wanted to advise us on the opt-out organ donation system while we also enjoyed Kate Beattie’s time-travel tour of society 20 years ago –where there wasn’t a smartphone in sight!
The judges worked hard during the course of the afternoon and finally arrived at their decisions, after giving praise and useful advice to all the speakers. The following places were then awarded:
- 1st The Jonathan Logue Cup, £20 Rebekah Stewart – 10T
- 2nd £15 Kate Beattie – 10W
- 3rd £10 Daniel Steele – 10S
The runners up were also congratulated on their speeches – they had, indeed, made the judges’ decision very difficult.
The English Department continue to be blown away by the talent and diligence displayed by the pupils of Dalriada – once again, we are very proud!
Many thanks to all the Year 10 pupils who prepared talks, and to the members of the English Department who supported this work. Let’s hope we can maintain this standard next year.