Children learn to speak up for themselves

STUDENTS will compete in a battle of wits to find out who is the best at public speaking.

Twenty teams of three from five different schools will compete in the Youth Speaks competition by the Rotary Club of Berkhamsted Bulbourne.

Topics to be discussed include whether politicians are out of touch and ‘Make-up under the microscope’.

Pupils from Ashlyns School, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Tring School, Bridgewater Middle School and Berkhamsted School will be taking part.

The earliest heats of the competition will be in the Newcroft Lecture Room of Berkhamsted School next Wednesday and Thursday (January 19 and 20).

There will be three judges and a questioner to interrogate and analyse the youngsters.

Winners will move on to regional and national heats of the rotary competition.

Youth Speaks organiser Brian Norris said: “Children learn about public speaking, grow in self-confidence and they get a great deal of enjoyment out of it too.”

Each child that takes part will get a certificate, and the competition is open to students aged 11 to 18.