By Mr Brindle

What a lovely group of   students I have had the   pleasure of working with, again, this year! I would like to deeply thank this year’s St. Augustine’s Youth Speaks teams (and their parents and supporters) for their       perseverance, patience and positivity.

It has been a challenging yet rewarding experience in 2018. Firstly, the local round at Pickering was postponed due to the snow, then it was cancelled. The district round at York followed suit, so the students have had no opportunity to compete this year – the good news is that we are still champions as a result!

Both teams have presented their speeches to all the students and staff of the school in our four House assemblies, and we intend to implement an inter-house public-speaking / debating   competition in the summer. I hope many students consider taking part, as it is a great   challenge that certainly develops confidence and team work – and it looks really good on a C.V.

The Year 9 team this year was comprised of Milly Jones (Main Speaker), Liberty Ingham (Chair) and Florence Shaw (Proposer of the Vote of Thanks) who spoke, very appropriately, about     Confidence (the title of their speech was ‘How do amoebas dance?’ – and they challenged their audience to experiment!

The Year 10 team, defending last year’s crown, were Murray Robinson (Main Speaker), Tobias Cooper (Chair) and Ellis Jones (Proposer of the Vote of Thanks) who came up with a thought-provoking rhetorical question as the title for their speech about ‘Fracking’.