Saltash.net students impress in Youth Speaks

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in News | No Comments
saltash.net's senior team

Mrs Watson and saltash.net’s senior team

On Wednesday 17th January, the intermediate and senior Youth Speaks teams began this year’s competition with the first round, held at saltash.net. Organised by the Rotary Club, Youth Speaks offers students a chance to present on a topic of their choice, where students must deliver their topic following the competition’s outline.

This year Saltash.net saw two teams enter the competition, including a senior team for the first time in many years. The intermediate team chose to present on the topic of LGBT students and their rights in the school environment. The team delivered an excellent presentation, showing great passion for their topic.

The judges were very impressed with their research and discussion of such a mature and relevant topic. The intermediate team comprised of Isobel Whittam (Chair), Corlissa Waites (Main Speaker) and Ellie Kevern (Proposer of the Vote of Thanks), all Year 9 students, who represented saltash.net with pride and commitment.

Following the intermediate team, the senior team delivered their speech on the complex topic of whether refugees should be allowed to seek asylum in the UK. The team, made up of Year 12 students Lucie Jones (Chair), Katie Matlock (Main Speaker) and Tommy Williams (Proposer of the Vote of Thanks), argued the two sides of this topic, debating the financial strain it places on the country against our duty to help those in need. The judges commented on the team’s detailed consideration of the debate, their superb work as a team and what a credit they were to the school.

Both teams have progressed to the next round, which takes place on Wednesday 21st February at Callington, where they will present once more against teams from other local schools who have also advanced to the second round.

saltash.net's intermediate team at Youth Speaks 2018 first round

saltash.net’s intermediate team