Students speak out

Rosanna Verdon-Roe
Rosanna Verdon-Roe
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STUDENTS have shown they’ve got plenty to say at the Rotary Youth Speaks competition.

The students from West Hill Park School in Titchfield won the second round of the competition which was held at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Matilda Wear

Matilda Wear

Three year seven pupils from the school took part, including Rosanna Verdon-Roe who gave a speech titled ‘Life with Lally’ which focused on her disabled sister and her daily struggle with life.

Madeleine Moore, head of English at the school, has been teaching students about public speaking since she joined the school seven years ago.

She said: ‘They loved it, it’s amazing. Public speaking is so important.

‘I have got some children coming back from other schools thanking me for teaching them public speaking.

‘You can just see the confidence growing and you can see children suddenly blossom.

‘It’s been wonderful for the team. It just gives them a platform to make a very good speech.

‘It’s teaching many skills to these students, not just confidence but how to write and enjoy a speech.

‘It’s a wonderful opportunity for children.’