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Youth Speaks 2018

On the 16th January 2018, the English department took 4 teams of Wavell students to the Rushmoor Council Offices in Farnborough to compete in the district round of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition.

The teams submitted were competing against 3 other schools from the local area: All Hallows, Hawley Place and St. Nicholas.

Our first team to present was one of our Intermediate Teams (Kelsey – Year 9, Cadell and Robert – Year 8), who delivered their engaging presentation, ‘You don’t have to be a Psychiatrist to know you can help’ which explored the rising issue of mental health amongst teenagers and the role adults play in help them to cope with this concerns.


Next up was our Second Intermediate Team made up of first-time public speakers from Year 9 (Lily, Jemma and Isabelle) who discussed the ever present issues with prejudice in society today in their wonderful presentation entitled, ‘The Greatest Obstacle to Progress is Prejudice’.

The Senior Team presentations were opened by our first team from Year 10 (Faheem , Bethan and Catherine) who discussed the topical subject of opportunities for young people today and the consequences for those who are considered less desirable by society in their aptly titled ‘When Opportunity comes Knocking.’


A Wavell team also closed the evening with our second Senior Team delivering a thought-provoking piece, ‘Media: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ which highlighted all sides of the ongoing debate regarding the influence the media has on our world today.

We are delighted to say that out of the 4 prizes on offer, The Wavell School took home all 4!

Both our Second Intermediate Team and our Second Senior Team won the District Round so will be continuing through to the Regional Semi Finals in February - well done!


Two of our main speakers, Cadell and Carys, won the Individual Awards for their respective groups – huge personal congratulations to them both!

To prepare, learn and present a 10-minute team speech on a topic relevant to young people is no easy feat and deserves huge recognition and admiration.

Well done 'Youth Speakers' – we are very proud of you all - see you (and hopefully some new members) next year!

Youth Speaks will begin again in September 2018.

Miss Hill

English KS3 Co-ordinator

Photographs with thanks to the Rotary Club