Congratulations to Notre Dame student Thomas Schofield who won a public speaking competition on Sunday 10 March.
The competition was organised by the Catenians, an international Catholic association that you can read more about on their website. Thomas, alongside fellow student Alessandra Orlandini, competed against 16 other speakers at St Thomas à Beckett Catholic Secondary School in Wakefield.
Thomas spoke on the topic ‘Assisted dying should be made legal’, while Alessandra chose ‘Plastic is the current blight on the world environment’. Both students had taken part in Notre Dame’s own public speaking semi-final, at which college Principal Mrs Justine Barlow, alongside Mrs Sarah Barber (Head of Faculty), adjudicated. Head of Theatre Arts Mr Graham Hamlyn suggested top technical tips and ideas for voice training, all of which were clearly very helpful.
Alessandra magnanimously said, ‘Tom was amazing and it was a well-deserved win. I’m just immensely proud that one of us brought the trophy home! I also got lovely feedback from the judges, and I am just happy to represent our school.’
Notre Dame previously won the regional competition in 2017, so it’s great to have the trophy back. Thomas will now compete in the national final, which takes place on Sunday 8 September in Manchester. We wish Thomas the best of luck.