Vandyke Speaks! Year 11 Public Speaking Competition

Jun 24, 2019




Year 11 were busy recently preparing and performing speeches for the Spoken Language component of their GCSE in English Language.

The quality of students’ speeches has been outstanding this year. They have spoken on a wide variety of subjects from hobbies and interests; raising awareness of mental health issues; to moving personal stories of challenge, courage and achievement – all a real pleasure to listen to.

Students’ hard work culminated with a competition in the theatre, where 12 students spoke in front of their whole year group and a panel of judges.

The finalists included: Manuel Genchev who shared his inspiring experiences of moving to the United Kingdom from Bulgaria; Finnley McCafferty, Shalom Sumbambiri and Tazmin Lovelock who all delivered impressive speeches on the importance of self-acceptance; Caitlin Millar and Benito Zanatti who spoke about how their hobbies have changed their lives; Jack Barchard who made us all laugh with his attack on wheelie bins and sand; Billy Green and Toby Ward who implored us to think about what is important in this world and Temi Folorunso  who made us all face our fears.

After much deliberation, our panel of Sixth Formers and staff awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes to students from each band. In Band 1, Daniel Hawkins-Difalco was awarded 1st prize for his informative and enlightening speech on Autism. Kiri Allen’s insightful and engaging speech about using time positively and purposefully scooped 1st prize in Band 2.

Students and staff left the theatre feeling in awe of the courage and skill of all speakers. Year 11 are to be commended for their effort, attitude and support for one another – your teachers are very proud of you.

The English Department 

Post by Angela