Kirkby children wow judges in speaking comp

PRIMARY school children in Kirkby have taken part in a new public speaking competition organised by the town’s Rotary Club.

The Juniorspeak competition included 12 youngsters from primary schools in the area - and is thought to the first of its kind.

Organiser Rotarian John Peacock said: “Many Rotary clubs and districts arrange speaking competitions for secondary schools but we in the Kirkby Club, believe that this is the first for younger children.”

The event was held at St Wilfrid’s Parish Hall in Kirkby and each team had a chairman, a speaker and a person who proposed the vote of thanks.

Morven Park Primary did a presentation entitled ‘Current Fashion and Beauty Tips’, Annesley Primary’s was ‘The Future of Kirkby’, Kingsway Primary did a talk called ‘The School Council’ and Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School’s was ‘Our School’.

The overall winners were Kirkby Woodhouse Primary, which included team members Millie Warren (chairman), Holly Sawyer (speaker) and Ella Peacock (proposer).

They were presented with the Ocean Blue Trophy, which is named after Ocean Blue fish and chip shop in Kirkby who sponsored both the shield and the event.

The team also received certificates and dictionaries donated by the Rotary Club, while every competitor was presented with a certificate and a £10 gift token also donated by the club.

Mr Peacock added: “We are delighted with the success of this event, which was something of an experiment.

“Having seen the enthusiasm of the children and received the positive feedback from teachers, we will certainly be staging Junior Speaks again next year as part of our Youth Opportunities programme.

“I hope too that our Rotary district will take up the idea and encourage other clubs to organise their local competitions.”

The adjudication panel was made up of Rotary President Eric Thompson, Inner Wheel Club President Judy Parkinson, and Brian Parkinson, who is former head teacher of Jeffries Primary School.