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Students reach Speak-Out final

January 9th, 2018


Central Foundation has a long history of achievement in public speaking, with our DebateIt team winning the Hogan-Lovell trophy last year and DebateMate team winning the national competition, and regularly placing in the finals in recent years.

As well as debating, the School encourages pupils to participate in public speaking. The English department regularly run activities so that students can grow accustomed to talking in front of an audience, both with pre-written speeches and with improvised speaking. This includes entering its best orators into The Jack Petchey Speak-Out Challenge, a non-profit competition that’s held throughout 32 London boroughs and parts of Essex.

18 speakers from schools all across Islington were given two minutes each to talk about a subject of their choice. Two students, Kidus and Percy from Year 10, made it to the finals. At the finals, Kidus’ speech – entitled Who Cares? – and delivery saw him place second in the competition.

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