We recently hosted a History Heroes public speaking competition which involved Year 8 pupils from our Senior and Prep school.
This is an event which aims to encourage and promote the excellent standard of historical knowledge and enjoyment of History. The pupils had been encouraged to submit a short entry about who they judged to be their History hero. From the entries that were received, these were then shortlisted down to a few competitors from each school.
In the final, each pupil had up to five minutes to give a short talk about their chosen hero after which time they attempted to answer questions posed by the judges as well as the other competitors. Our Year 7 pupils made up a thoughtful and appreciative audience and were gaining an insight about the competition for next year. Our three judges this year: Caitlin Ellis and Imogen Ramsdale (Heads of School for the coming academic year) and head judge Mr Wood, Head of English. They all commented on the high standard of presentations from all the competitors and their confidence and enthusiasm for their ‘hero’ even when handling the questions which had been posed. The prize winning finalists were judged to be:-
1st place – Suzie Porter – who made a strong case for Mary Tudor
2nd place – Asa Cohen – who presented a compelling account about Alan Turing
3rd place – Danny W – who spoke with passion about Rosa Parks
Highly Commended – Tabatha A – who explained why Emily Davison deserves to be remembered
All of the finalists received a certificate with the leading winners also receiving a trophy and some chocolates in recognition of their achievements.
Our Head of History, Mr Iain Felton would like to thank all of the six finalists for their hard work in researching and presenting their heroes and Mr Hoare, Head of History at Langley Prep and pupils who travelled over to participate in the final and to our three judges who had the difficult job in selecting the prize winners. This event was a great opportunity for staff and pupils from both schools to work together; building on the successful Black History day event in the Autumn term which involved pupils from both schools. Mr Felton’s thanks also goes to the canteen staff for the refreshments provided for the competitors and judges.