Speak Out Sussex Finals

For the 4th year, Year 10 students who had applied to be prefects were invited to take part in a day long workshop run by a public speaking coach from The Speakers Trust

30 Year 10s went from nerves and uncertainty to delivering a self- penned speech about a subject of their choice to their peers. Mr Hatchard and the trainer scored these and 5 went forward to deliver their speech to the whole of y10 in an assembly.

Kyall Horne, Fern Collins- Wood, Alice Parker, Sophie Pickles and Olly Hammond were not only courageous, but they all smashed their performances gaining lots of positive feedback from both staff and students. This made the job of Mr Richardson and Ms Taylor to select only 2 for the regional final even tougher.

In the end Sophie Pickles gave her speech on Mental Health and the dangers of stereotyping those with or without diagnosis; while Olly Hammond spoke with passion about the importance of self- belief and used the lyrics of Kanye West to instil change in mindset! They were an absolute credit to the College and really well supported by friends and family at the very chichi venue of the Dome Studio in Brighton.

Ms Taylor said: ‘I am super proud of both students for their focus, passion and originality. Speaking so well in front of an audience of such a size and with a variety of judges from Albion in the Community, a Masterchef winner and academics from Sussex University who teach Drama and Theatre was so impressive. They are a credit to the College and their families, but most significantly themselves’.

Congratulations to our Oracy project partners Chailey School, who won the event.