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Jack Petchey Award

The Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge is a competition and series of public speaking workshops, run alongside ’The Speakers’ Trust’. The process begins in a day-long workshop, during which students develop in the three key areas of public speaking: structure, delivery, and content. At the end of the workshop, every student delivers a speech on the subject of their choice, and the most engaging speeches are then delivered to the whole year group as part of the weekly assembly.

On the 19th April, two Year 10 students from the academy travelled to Bacon’s College to take part in the Southwark regional finals of the competition. Samanta Jaruseviciute spoke on the subject of the environment, and Trinity Ashley delivered a speech entitled ‘The New Definition of Feminism’. Both speakers were highly praised by the judges, and were well received by the public audience in attendance. Ultimately, Trinity was awarded Runner-Up, and Samanta just missed out of the podium, finishing in fourth place, all signalling another highly successful year for the academy in this prestigious and highly competitive event.