On Thursday 2nd December, AGGS entered two teams into the ESU-Churchill public speaking competition. This year, the competition’s first round was held on zoom and the teams were up against local secondary schools. Each team consisted of a chair, a questioner and a speaker. Sienna W (year 11, speaker), Roselynn G (year 10, chair) and Tamara P (year 11, questioner) made up the A team while Anna J (year 10, chair), Jahnavi P (year 11, questioner) and Sabina M (year 11, speaker) made up the B team.
The competition started off with teams being split up and allocated a speaker to work with. After 20 minutes of working in our allocated groups, we were ready to present in front of the judges.
All speakers, chairs and questioners were marked on content, style, tone and effectiveness; all of which AGGS had displayed. First came Sabina’s speech on how Media Manufactures Public Opinion. It was thought provoking and had undertones of how we are all subconsciously controlled by those in power (whether we know it or not) and made the audience think about how the wider society is influenced by this. After listening to everyone else’s engaging speeches, the judges went away to deliberate. on the results – the AGGS B team got through to the next round, along with AGSB A and B teams! Unfortunately, the AGGS A team didn’t not get through even though Sienna’s captivating speech on how The Internet is a Drug and We Are All Addicted captivated the audience. She explained how public has fallen prey to social media and how it affects us, globally. Fortunately, the B team got through to the next round thanks to their hard work and dedication.
On the 31st of January, the AGGS team entered round 2 with a new-found confidence. This time, we were against teams from all around Greater Manchester. Once again, AGGS outperformed all other schools aided by Anna’s e chair skills, Sabina’s e and thought- provoking speech and my inquisitive questions. As a team, we pulled together and got through to the next round – along with AGSB which further perpetuated the friendly rivalry between the two Altrincham schools.
Bring on round three.
Written by Jahnavi P, Y11