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Senior Inter-House Public Speaking

Due to the Beast from the East, the Senior Inter-House Public Speaking competition had to be moved into the beginning of the formal examination period. Despite this, the speakers from each house did an amazing job with topics from free speech, to climate change, the storyteller, and farming (arguably, however, Durham’s speech on “The End is Nigh” was perhaps inspired by the timing…). Caitrin Robertson, OB, had the challenging job of adjudicating the event and was blown away by the level of talent the speakers demonstrated. In the end, there had to be a winner and, as such, the Old Barnardian’s Centenary gavel went to Dale with their “Money Doesn’t Buy You Happiness” speech due to team cohesion and subtle, well-placed humour. The Alan Wilkinson cup for best speaker went to Caitlyn Mitchell for her eloquently spoken and crafted rhyming couplet speech entitled “The Sun Will Shine and the Daffodils Will Sway”. A hard-fought competition as always and huge congratulations must go to all speakers for getting up to speak and, especially, to the chairs for ably transferring the questions to the main speakers – not an easy job.  – Mrs Katie Harpin-Lawrence

Photo Credit: Nathan Barker, Year 13