Earlier this term Smith’s Wood Academy was invited to take part in the fourth annual Solihull Schools Public Speaking Competition that was held in Solihull Council House. This is a very prestigious competition that aims to encourage young people to play a more prominent part in public life by having the experience of speaking on a public platform.
Smith’s Wood had four candidates. Each of the strong candidates were able to formulate ideas on topical subjects and deliver their inspiring speeches to other students and a panel of judges. Serena Bobozo-Tshibaka, Clara Ingram, Sophia Essex and Charlotte Griffin (who represented SWA last year) expressed their keen interest to take part in this event and Serena and Sophia were chosen to advance to the semi-finals.
Here, Serena (year 9) summarises her experiences of the event:
Whilst preparing for my speech I gained a lot of confidence and I managed to express what I feel and know about the issue of immigration. Working on this project, I have definitely improved my speaking skills which I know will be useful for my GCSE. I would also encourage other students to play a more prominent part in the Academy by participating in different types of competition on offer.
Serena delivered her powerful speech on immigration in the UK. This is an issue that many people would shy away from, yet Serena was skillful enough to create a speech that held the attention of not only the judges, but the contestants themselves. Her personality shone through her speech: she regarded this difficult issue with tact and care. Serena’s delivery was calm and compelling, despite that fact that she was competing against older candidates.
SWA is very proud of the girls’ achievements and have faith that next year we will be the winners.