Pupils win ‘Youth Speaks’ competition

17th February 2017

BGS was proud to host the district round of Bradford Rotary Club’s first ever Youth Speaks competition. Four BGS teams competed, two in the intermediate section (age 11-13) and two in the senior section (age 14-17), with two prizes in each category. We are extremely proud that BGS pupils won all four prizes!

Winning teams:
Intermediate – Harry Burns, Courtney Ellis-Stoneham, Nick Miller (Year 8)
Senior – Brandon St Catherine, Alex Broadbridge-Kirbitson, Hugh Berry (Year 12)
Best intermediate speaker – Sukruth Kundur (Year 8)
Best senior speaker – Danyal Akhtar (Year 10)

Year 8 pupils’ chosen topic was “The advantages of social media” and the Year 12 topic was “Educational Reform”. Danyal spoke about “The Fear of Failure” and Sukruth about “The moral case against keeping animals in captivity”. It was a very entertaining event and a great experience for the pupils.

Each team of three had ten minutes at the lectern in which to give an introductory speech from the Chair, their main speech from the Speaker, then a concluding Vote of Thanks from the third team member. Marks were given for content, style, and teamwork.

We were delighted to welcome three other local schools who entered teams: Carlton Bolling College, Belle Vue Girls School and Beckfoot School. 

Our winning teams will now progress to the Regional competition next month.