St Peter’s students shine at speaking competition

St Peter’s students gave a typically robust account of themselves at the regional speech competition on Tuesday 12 March.


The annual event, organised by The Catenian Association, offers students the chance to pit their rhetorical prowess against local schools, and topics included free speech, male participation in the performing arts, and dystopias. Open to the Sixth Form and Year 11, the competition showcases the verbal skills and talents, as well as the concerns of today’s youth.


Ben Sanderson, of Christ the King School, grabbed first place in a closely-contested event that saw our own Miah Herford scoring a close second, with her expertly-delivered speech on gender pronouns for God. Hot on her heels on points was Eva Jackson, whose speech on “Introspective Illusions” not only questioned the reality of perception itself, but scorched our brains and scored top marks for originality.


Thanks go to The Catenians for their support and organisation, as well as staff who attended and the excellent site team for making sure everything was in place. Next year, St Peter’s intends to fight again for first place, and with the quality of our students, only the best spinners of the spoken word should step up to the podium.


Mr Lacey, English Teacher