For the second consecutive year St Paul's Way Trust School has won the Tower Hamlets Education and Business Partnership (EBP) Public Speaking Competition.
Two of our Year 10 public speakers, Beattie Green and Naima Omar, competed in the finals of the competition held at Lloyds of London in the City, cheered on by their families, friends and teachers.
Beattie and Naima gave exceptional performances. Naima explained the vital importance of 'food security' drawing on a range of real world events. Beattie was looking to the future. She described a world where drone technology is on the verge of taking charge but is stopped from doing so by young people. Beattie said that young people 'understand the value of imperfection, of humanity and of the need for freedom of expression' and that this means they can embrace technologies that make life better, without losing their autonomy.
This year, fifteen secondary schools took part in the competition and nine schools made it to the final. All of the competitors spoke with passion and enthusiasm on their chosen topics but there could only be one winner. Beattie's success in the competition is becoming a St Paul's Way tradition and we are delighted to have the Mildred Gordon Cup in the trophy cabinet once again. Since 2011 we have never been out of the 'top three' in the finals so the pressure is already on for next year.
Congratulations to both our finalists and to Beattie for her very well deserved victory!