Three students from the Guernsey Grammar School travelled to Hampshire this weekend and were awarded with success at the district heats of the national public speaking completion, Rotary Youth Speaks. The young Guernsey speakers were competing against strong opposition from seven other schools drawn from across the Southern Counties of the UK, each a winner of their own local competitions.
The team comprised chairman, Helena de Carteret, main speaker, Douglas Craig and Jordan Linton who proposed the vote of thanks. Their presentation entitled “Down the rabbit hole” drew on quotes from Lewis Carroll’s famous novel to expound their views on the opportunities to improve upon a strictly curriculum driven educational system. The talk was summed up by the organisers as being a “superlative performance and a joy to listen to.”
Simon Milsted, Chairman of Guernsey’s Rotary Club Youth Opportunities Committee, accompanied the team over to the mainland. He said: “It is an absolute pleasure for our Club to be involved in an initiative that encourages the development of essential life skills in our young people. Our particular thanks must go to local law firm, Mourant Ozannes, who continue to offer sponsorship to the team as they move through the heats.”
Jessica Roland, Mourant Ozannes’ Guernsey Managing Partner added: “These young speakers are a great example of the talent and potential that exists in our next generation here on the Island. We are very pleased to play our part in helping them move forward in this major national competition and we congratulate the teaching staff and coaches who have assisted the students gain such success.”