Four of Notre Dame’s students have auditioned to take part in the 2022 Catenians Annual Catholic Schools Public Speaking Contest. On February 17, each of them spoke for four minutes on a topic chosen from a pre-approved list, courageously delivering their speech to an audience of their peers as well as a panel of judges: College Principal Justine Barlow, Deputy Principal Sarah Dumont, and Assistant Principal Andy Kellett.
The students and their topics are listed below. They were judged on criteria including the structure of their speech, its effectiveness, their body language and voice, their enthusiasm, and their grammar and vocabulary. The two winners – who are still to be chosen – will go on to represent Notre Dame in the Contest at Holy Trinity School in Barnsley on March 13 this year.
The Contest represents a valuable educational experience for all entrants, and has been won by a Notre Dame student in previous years. Whichever two of our four students are chosen, we wish them the very best of luck. Watch this space for the judges’ decision, which we expect to be announced after the half term break.
Hannah Begum: To be “woke” is important.
Leonids Bessonovs: My greatest concern for the future is…
Taylor Faircliffe: It should be compulsory to be Covid vaccinated.
James Ellis: The wisdom of the elderly is a treasure trove which can be useful to young people.