Gordon’s School hosted the inaugural year of the SBF Festival of Public Speaking, which took place at Gordon’s School on 21st April 2018 and was co-hosted by the Royal Alexandra and Albert School.
Public speaking is a vital skill that students develop and use throughout their academic careers and in their everyday lives. Additionally, the impact that a confident and thoughtful speaker can have within classes and the wider school is invaluable.
The event will be a whole-day affair comprising a series of rounds whereby students get the chance to demonstrate their speaking skills via prepared speeches on pre-agreed topics as well as on topics provided on the day. Parallel individual Senior (KS5), Intermediate (KS4) and Junior (KS3) competitions will take place as well as a formal team competition (click here for details). Schools may enter multiple students or teams into each competition (details and rules to follow). This event is a State Boarding School event.
April 21st 2018 - Regional State Boarding Schools' Public Speaking Festival. Attendee schools:
- Gordon’s School
- Royal Alexandra & Albert School
- Duke of York's
SBF Public Speaking Competition 2018 - Winners, Gordon's School
Gordon's School students went head to head with the Royal Alexandra and Albert School and the Duke of York’s Royal Military School in the SBF Public Speaking Competition 2018.
This was a hotly contested competition involving 2 rounds of speeches, one prepared and rehearsed and one on a topic completely unseen until 15 minutes before giving the speech- a real challenge of exceptional academic skills such as organisation, logic, ethos and pathos. This was also a real test of character skills as standing up in front of an audience and delivering a speech is no easy task and shows diligence and enthusiasm.
Topics from Gordon’s students included ‘is Trump really a bad thing?’, ‘The value of pickles’ and ‘a controversial take on feminism’.
In addition to this we also had a team enter into the formal competition. This was where a team of 3 presented a speech whilst engaging in clear protocol and courtesy. The topic was on ‘What is love?’ (not the 90s dance classic).
Best Chairperson: Sophie O’Smotherly (Duke of York’s)
Best Vote of Thanks: Grace Keyes (Gordon’s School)
Best Speaker: Tia Jasani (Gordon’s School)
Winning Team: Gordon’s School (Oliver Henderson, Grace Keyes, Tia Jasani)
Junior Winner: Leo Cotton (Royal Alexandra and Albert School)
Intermediate Winner: Grace Keyes (Gordon’s School)
Senior Winner: Laila Pell (Gordon’s School)
Overall Winning School: Gordon’s School
Other Recent Successes
Arête Inter-School debating competition – Winners, Gordon’s School
Oxford Schools debating competition- Entered and attended the regional round for the first time
2018 English-Speaking Union (ESU) District Finalists
WINNERS: GORDON’S SCHOOL
BEST SPEAKER: GORDON’S SCHOOL
BEST CHAIR GORDON’S SCHOOL
BEST QUESTIONNER: GORDON’S SCHOOL
BEST SPEAKER: Tia Jasani, GORDON’S SCHOOL