On 18th of January, a public speaking competition was run by the ESU which was a resounding success. Although initially nervous, the two teams spoke knowledgably, confidently and held their own against some tough competition from other schools. Overall, in one heat, Annabel Stock, Maisie Adams and Maddie Taylor, all from The Eastwood Academy, came runners up and so are through to the next round on the 7th Feb at the town hall. But special mention must go to Holly Davis (The Eastwood Academy, year 10) who won the best chairperson award, Sarah Mathews , year 10 who won best questioner and Maddie Taylor, also year 10, who won best speaker. Unfortunately, Aaron Furnish was unwell on the night and thus Holly and Sarah could not be considered for team competition (Mrs Suttle stepped in just so two teams could still take part) , but they were absolutely thrilled to win their titles.
The judges commented how warm the Eastwood teams were and how well they got on with the other teams and had good rapport with their individual guest speakers from the other schools. It was a very touching moment and almost a little embarrassing that we won so many awards!
Mrs Suttle said, ‘It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and the girls represented their school beautifully. I am exceptionally proud of them.’
Well done to all and best of luck for the 7th.