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Beaminster School pupils win praise for speaking out
PUTTING a case for better behaviour and the future of football won Beaminster School students the top slot at the Rotary Youth Speaks district finals.
The Year 9 team competed against six other teams from Minehead, Bath, Chippenham and Frome at St Gregory's College in Bath.
Linda Croft, head of English at Beaminster School, said: “I am very proud of all the students taking part. If our Year 9 team are successful in the regional finals in Plymouth on Saturday, they could go on to compete in the National Finals in Hull in April.”
She said onlookers said many of the young speakers stood out as being natural, confident and interesting, showing off quite amazing skills for such young people.
The Beaminster boys not only spoke well individually, they performed excellently as a team.
The team’s chairman JJ Gale was commended for the excellent way he presented the team and organised the proceedings.
Speaker Sam Robinson was praised for his appealing mix of humour and good sense and Zac Withers' calm and collected thanks as proposer were much appreciated.
The Beaminster boys' topic was ‘Behave! The Future of Football’.
The runners-up were from Ralph Allen School Bath, speaking on the topic of freedom.
Best speaker award went to a girl from Selwood School in Frome speaking on the topic of ‘Crime and Punishment for Children’.
Year 11 student Caitlin Russell took the best speaker award for Beaminster at the senior district finals.
Beaminster's Year 11 team performed well but will not go on to the regionals.