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Ouse Valley Primary Public Speaking Competition

Around 100 people turned up to watch the Ouse Valley Branch Primary Public Speaking Competition which was held at Bedford School last month. Of the 12 local schools taking part, Brickhill Primary School was judged to be the overall winner, with Scott Primary School the runners-up.

‘It was wonderful being back in person after our Zoom competition last year,’ says acting branch chair Ellen Punter. ‘As always, the children rose to the occasion, delivering well-researched, thought-provoking motions on a variety of topics, most of them linked to the school curriculums.’

Judges this year were Erica Lester, Chair; Glenys Stirk; and two boys from the upper sixth at Bedford School: Harry, an alumnus of the competition himself, and Sami, who has taken part in debate competitions. Thanks also to Ouse valley branch members Joan Howe and Alison Collier, and Ava Parker from Bedford School, for their help on the day.

We’re delighted that the competition was videoed, courtesy of ESU member Anthony Harris, so watch this space for the announcement of when it will be ready to view on the ESU website and our ESU YouTube channel.

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