Youth Speaks is a National Rotary competition for two age groups, 11- 13 & 14 -17 which requires teams of 3 (Chairman, Speaker and Proposer of vote of thanks) to present themselves and talk on their subject of choice, with strict time limits for each role . The competition starts in January at a local level; winners go forward to District level, then Area level and thence to the National Final.
In District 1290 a similiar Primary school Youth Speaks competition is held and after local competitions the final will be held at District Level. These competitions are recognised as an excellent way of giving confidence in public speaking.
FALMOUTH LOCAL PRIMARY ROUND Six local primary schools fielded 13 teams in this year's local "Youth Speaks" competition and the team from St. Francis School took the winners laurels for the second year running. The St. Francis speaker, 10-year old Isadora, backed up by Bethany,11 and Oliver,11 kept the audience of parents, pupils and teachers amused and entertained with their subject "Is homework necessary?" Other subjects included "Why is the bee population declining?", "Accents and dialects", "RFA Argus" and " Is there an alternative to paper?". The competition took place in a packed lecture hall at Falmouth University's Woodland Campus. The University's Director of Finance, Rob Holmes, who acted as Master of Ceremonies, said" All the teams were very strong this year and the judges had a hard Job. They, and the audience were amazed by the depth and talent, imagination and confidence the children displayed". Teams from St. Francis and the runners up Constantine School will progress to a regional round at Penwith College in the Zennor Lecture Theatre, 4pm on 11th February. We are happy to report that St Francis won the area competition and will now take part in the Junior District Final at the District Conference in Plymouth. Congratulations to St Francis for taking second place in the District final with Isadora winning the award for best speaker.
Work on the 2016 round of Rotary Youth Speaks Competition will commence in the Autumn this year in preperation for the first round in January 2016.
The local round for the SENIOR YOUTH SPEAKS took place at Penryn College on Tuesday 24th February where nine teams took part in the younger age group and two in the senior age group. For a first effort Falmouth School teams put up a very crediable showing although they failed to progress to the District round. Congratulatiopns go to Camborne Academy Team 2 who took first place on the subject of " Ebola"; 2nd Place went to Humphrey Davey School " How should we remember ? " whilst the third place went to Penair School with " Lest we forget". The Chair of the Judges Max Rogers , paid tribute to the maturity of the candidates and all the judges felt that it was an exceptional event, one of the best and of a very high standard. He commended their use of language, the way in which speeches were put together, accurate grammar and accuracy in following the rules, in that there were only 3 marks lost. Indeed the first 2 teams actually tied but because Humphrey Davey lost a mark on timing they were relegated to 2nd place! Mr. Rogers also noted that for 3 teams it was the first time their school had entered and he hoped that not only they had benefited from their experience but also realised how useful it was to be able to compose a speech and deliver it standing up, to an audience. The winners of the District Round will proceed to the Area Final and the winners there will progress to the National Final.
10.02.15 John & Janet Pearce along with Tony Robinson attended a mock Youth Speaks session with the two teams from Falmouth School. The two groups consisted of 1. Rebecca Pearce (Chair), Bonnie Webster (speaker) and Lewis Naisby (Responder) gave a presentaion entitled "Why we enjoy being scared" and 2. Sam Holland (Chair) Ethan King (Speaker) and Kensa Wilson (Responder) gave a presentation on "The Stockholm Syndrome". Both teams, having only recently entered the competition, provided good presentations with excellant content and received positive feedback and support from the Rotary members and their teacher.