21 Mar 2013

The Annual St John’s Public Speaking competition held on Thursday 14 March 2013 was once again an evening of intelligent and amusing entertainment. The rain mercifully held off until the very end, so speakers could declaim from the stage uninterrupted on a variety of topics, from “Outrageous Aztecs” to “The College” and “Blood, Sweat and Tears”. Our Chief Adjudicator Mrs Jane Wilson, who graciously returned for a second year to offer her insight and advice to contestants, said she was impressed with the overall standard of speaking, in particular complimenting speakers on their “pitch, pace and pause”. We hope to take up her offer to hold an “Impromptu Speech” workshop next term, and would like to encourage more parental support at our Finals evenings. Public speaking remains a valuable skill, whatever the chosen career path of pupils, and gaining confidence and learning to communicate more clearly is always a bonus.

This year’s winner of the Parker Trophy for Best Open Speaker (Seniors) was deputy headboy Tafadzwa Mugova, who spoke movingly on “The Three Rules”. Runner up in this category was Michael Sylvester.

Winner of the Quentin Tannock Cup for Best Intermediate Speaker (Forms 3 and 4) was Tino Majero whose “Thinking Inside The Box” speech was thought-provoking and highly amusing. Runner up in this category was Shao Li.

Winner of the Claude Mellor Best Junior Speaker (Forms 1 and 2) was Douglas Dorward with a heartfelt speech on “My Passions”. Runner up in this category was Byron Rusch.

Congratulations to all the other finalists in this event: Mudiwa Bosha, Benjamin Fircks, Dev Trivedy, Andile Sithole, Rory Tsapayi, Mufaro Mbudzi, Abhishek Patel and Daanish Shah.