On Tuesday 10th July, Shaldon Primary School held its annual 'Youth Speaks' final, kindly supported and judged by members of the Rotary Club of Teignmouth. The competition was open to all Year Five and Six pupils, who had to stand in front of an audience and speak for four minutes on a subject of their choice. The children were given guidance along the way from Leon Winston and Judge Stephen Climie who helped the classes build their confidence and speak authoritatively on their chosen topic.
All manner of subjects were covered, ranging from Dalmations to the need for education globally. Everyone watching was impressed by the standard of the talks and the confidence the youngsters, who had to stand and hold their audience, without any electronic aids.
After a close-run competition and much deliberation, Elizabeth Rogers and Ellen Rushton won for Year Five with their talk on Dalmations. For Year Six, Charlotte Bruce won with her passionate talk on the subject of plastic pollution.
All of this wouldn't have been possible without the kind support of the Rotary Club and the volunteers who helped the children prepare. Although there could only be two winning speeches, the boost to these young people's confidence and the development of a critical life skill will remain with them for a long time to come.