Province 14 of the Catenian Association had their Annual Public Speaking competition on Sunday, with fourteen Sixth Formers partaking in the event to try and get a place in the National Final in September.

This year, Joseph Masterson and Adrian Kochan in Year 12 volunteered to represent our Sixth Form with speeches on Space Exploration and the Value of Suffering. The students were an asset to our community and received an honourable mention in the judge’s final commentary. The students were joined by family and friends, including past winner, Vincent Masterson, who had given up his own time to help prepare the students for the event.

Joseph commented: ‘The day was very enjoyable with so many great public speakers on show. I’ve learnt so much from the experience that I shall take on for the future, as well as having the enormous pride of representing the Sixth Form at such a prestigious event.

Adrian also said afterwards: ‘I really enjoyed getting the experience of public speaking before such a renowned fine audience- it was also a bit of a nostalgic experience since my second week of NCS was at the Hertfordshire University. The general experience was very jolly- the ability to speak publicly about a topic I think and feel is important was intriguing, captivating and useful for my future life. It was very fulfilling to share my, amateur, philosophical observations and I am greatly gracious for being given the opportunity to do so.’

Miss Blackbird, Head of Sixth Form, reported afterwards that ‘It was a wonderful opportunity for these talented students to share their views with others and practice speaking in a professional and competitive environment. Joseph and Adrian are role models in our Sixth Form and I am incredibly proud of their achievements.’



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