It's good to talk - and to win!

February 23 2018

Pupils from Redland Green School have talked their way into the Regional Finals of the Rotary “Youth Speaks” competition, designed to help young people develop effective communication skills.

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Pupils from Redland Green School have talked their way into the Regional Finals of the Rotary “Youth Speaks” competition, designed to help young people develop effective communication skills.

Success in the Local Heats of the competition led the Redland Green School Intermediate Public Speaking Team to the District Heats in Maisemore, Gloucester in February where they beat teams from Oxfordshire, Wales and Worcestershire. 

The team taking part were Bruno Kay (Chairperson), Amelie Falber (Speaker), and Proposer of the Vote of Thanks, Zara Parvaz.

The team’s topic: “Is there be a solution to the housing crisis?” developed detailed and thought-provoking ideas into a strong argument, offering the solution of micro homes and where to put them. 

The choice of subject was based on the personal experience of team member, Amelie, whose family struggled to find a suitable and affordable home when they moved to Bristol. She argued that if more people like her were willing to live in smaller homes, they would be cheaper to build and homes would be more affordable.

The judges praised the teenagers on their highly supportive teamwork, thorough preparation, excellent delivery and said they were the clear winners. 

English teacher, Miranda Pinder, has been a great help coaching them through the process, giving them lots of encouragement and tips. 

Bruno says: “It was really nerve wracking performing in front of people you don’t know. But it’s made me feel more confident in public situations. And helped me understand how to deal with nerves. 

“For the regional finals, we’re making a few tweaks to the speeches and going to give it everything we’ve got to represent Bristol!”

The team will represent Wales and the West in the Regional Finals in Monmouth on March 18 and hope to win a place in the National Finals.