Two Year 10 teams from St Clement Danes competed in the Hertfordshire final of the English Speaking Union (ESU) Public Speaking Competition, with one team finishing as runner up.
The school has a history of success in this competition, having qualified for the national final twice in the past five years.
Both of the teams qualified this year after winning their respective heats. St Clement Danes were also the only school who were represented twice.
Team One comprised of Francesca Dann, Alex Pullen and Milo Thomas. As main speaker, Alex delivered an engaging speech on Art History A Level, arguing that the subject not only teaches us about the history of arts and culture but can also teach us skills which equip us for change in the contemporary world. Francesca was composed and calm as chairperson and Milo asked thoughtful and incisive questions as questioner.
Team Two was made up of Vinita Patel, Will Gauke and Louis Ertl. Main speaker Will discussed the issue of creativity in a multimedia world, suggesting that technology creates the conditions for new ideas rather than stifling creativity. As chairperson, Vinita immediately set the audience at ease with her warm manner, whilst Louis was shrewd and challenging as questioner.
The contest was of a very high standard, featuring a number of local grammar and private schools. A strong team from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School won first place and St Clement Danes Team Two was awarded runner up.
A spokesperson from St Clement Danes said: “Congratulations to all who took part.”