On Monday 17th October, 29 members of Year 9 took part in the Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge workshop. Every year Darrick Wood School participates in the scheme, which aims to instil in pupils the skills, confidence and desire to speak in public through workshops run by the Speakers Trust and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation. At end of each workshop, six pupils are selected for the school’s internal finals, with these contenders eventually narrowed down to two school representatives and one reserve finalist for the Bromley Regional Finals.
The Year 9 workshops were highly successful, with many of the pupils who attended stating that they not only thoroughly enjoyed the day, but also that their public speaking confidence had been massively boosted. By the end of the workshop, pupils spoke without notes on a subject of their choice for at least a minute. The level of their performances was impressive and the subjects they chose to talk about ranged from Donald Trump to the representation of women in Hollywood. There were also some moving talks on grief, loss and disability, as well as motivational talks about perseverance. The standard was very high and it was a very hard contest to judge; however, the following pupils were eventually selected: Luke Chapman (9XB); Jacob Eyers (9YB); Matthew Harding (9XB); Vanessa Vincent (9XL); Lizzie Webb 9(XL); Charly Williams (9YM). These pupils will go on to perform in front of a Year 7 assembly so that we can select our two school finalists for the regional finals, which will take place in January. Congratulations to everyone who took part!