22 January 2020

Balshaw's are delighted to announce that our senior Rotary Youth Speaks team walked away with first place, and the rotary cup, whilst competing at Walton-le-Dale High School on Thursday 16th January.

Rachel Prater, Hannah Crompton and Jennifer Chambers made a fantastic team and wowed the audience with their speech about technology and the ways it can contribute to a culture of loneliness. Rachel Prater also received an award for being the best speaker of the evening, making her the star of the night!

Our Year 11 girls did Balshaw's proud and the judges made so many glowing comments about their performance.

The intermediate teams had an equally successful time on Tuesday 14th January. We are pleased to announce that our youngest team, the girls from Year 8, were successful in progressing to the next stage of the competition, which will take place at Windermere School next month. Team members Eliza Newton, Charlie McCrone and Phoebe Rogerson, who delivered a speech on 'the suffragettes' and the ways that they changed the place of women in society, were all absolutely outstanding and truly shone.

Jacqueline Daggers also received an individual award for the best speaker of the evening for her speech on the media and the influence it has had on the public's attitudes towards climate change. She won over the judges, and the audience, with her passion and talent.

Other participants were Isobel Cook, Phillippa Shepherd, Charlotte Clapham, Elena Dowson and Corey Galloway, who all represented the school fantastically.

Now onto the District Semi-Final at Windermere!

You can see photographs from both events below:

Rotary Youth Speaks 2020