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South Ribble primary school students take part in public speaking competition

Posted on - 15th March, 2024 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Competitions, Education, Longton & New Longton, Lostock Hall, Penwortham, Preston News, Proud Preston, Schools, South Ribble News, What's On in Preston
The competition was judged by MP Katherine Fletcher, Graham Liver and Nicola Moran. Pic: Katherine Fletcher
The competition was judged by MP Katherine Fletcher, Graham Liver and Nicola Moran. Pic: Katherine Fletcher

Six primary schools across South Ribble took part in a public speaking competition.

The event, organised by Chris Upton, Tarleton Community Primary School Head was held at Hutton Church of England Grammar School, seeing pupils speak about who they thought was the greatest Olympian.

Olivia Bleasdale from Broad Oak Primary School, Penwortham won the competition with her talk on Jesse Owens, an American sprinter and long jumper.

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The competition was judged by Katherine Fletcher South Ribble MP, Graham Liver, the well-known host of BBC Radio Lancashire’s Breakfast Show and Nicola Moran, headteacher of Hutton Grammar School.

Katherine said: “Many congratulations to Olivia for a wonderful speech about Jesse Owens but I would also like to congratulate all the children for taking part. 

“It is no small feat to stand up and speak to others. They did it brilliantly and I was very proud

“Public speaking in an authentic voice with the skill to make people listen is important and all our entrants were great at it. I very much hope the competition will now become an annual event.”

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The schools that took part included Lostock Hall Community Primary School, Broad Oak Primary, St Aidan’s Primary School, New Longton All Saints’ Primary School, Tarleton Community Primary School and Longton Primary School.

Nicola Moran headteacher at Hutton Church of England Grammar School said: “We are privileged to be part of this opportunity for local primary schools in such an important aspect of life.

“Thank you to everyone for all their hard work in making this event happen. Thank you to Katherine and Graham for their support as judges.”

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