Hear Me Speak - Gresham Primary School
18/06/2015 21:44:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Cliff Quartly and members of the Sanderstead Residents' Association organised the second "Hear Me Speak" competition for local junior schools. This year Hamsey Green, Gresham, St Peter's, Greenvale and Atwood primary schools took part in the debating competition. Cliff said: "In an age where the speed, depth and spread of communication have developed to a degree unthinkable only a few years ago, it has become increasingly important for young people to have the opportunity to present balanced thoughts and views, clearly and cogently, to an audience". I can only agree. I believe that debating and having the ability to stand up and speak confidently is a real asset and can only help in the transitional period following their development into senior school and then on with their careers.
Everyone was a winner for me. The standard was outstanding and their arguments were put forward in a confident and professional manner. I was pleased to have the opportunity as past mayor to hand out the prizes and I am confident that the future is going to be bright for all the participants.
Hamsey Green came first in the competiton and will have their name inscribed on the shield. I attended Hamsey Green primary school many years ago and I feel sure I wouldn't have had the confidence to address a public audience at such a tender age.
A point to note raised by one school was "how could politicians better engage with younger members of society and how could MP's in the House have more sensible debates in the commons without behaving badly". Perhaps a question for our local MP's
It was a wonderful afternoon seeing the talent within our local primary schools and my thanks to the SRA, Gresham School for hosting the event, the adjudicators and all the teachers and pupils for making this relatively new venture such a success. I came away feeling really proud that many of these young people live in our borough.