Public Speaking Team through to regional final

On Wednesday 29 January, Bedales 1st Public Speaking Team won through to the regional final of the English Speaking Union‘s Public Speaking Competition taking place in Guildford on 24 February. This competition is for teams at GCSE level and below and so is often used as a training ground for the Debating Competition in the Sixth Form.

The winning team consisted of Harry Green as Chairman (who has the job of welcoming and steering the team through a 14 minute slot, introducing speakers and steering question periods as well as keeping a grip on timing), Cameron Cross as Questioner (he has to listen carefully to a speech he has not heard before and start the process of questioning with a series of at least four questions) and Flora Shaw the Speaker (who receives the highest proportion of marks and speaks and answers questions on a topic from a selection offered by The English Speaking Union). On Wednesday she spoke on the motion “Arts Degrees are a luxury we can no longer afford”. Flora mounted a robust defence of Arts Degrees and won the award for the Best Speech of the evening.

Bedales 2nd team were just pushed out by The Royal Naval School (Zeyno Yurddas as Chair, Martha Harlan as Questioner and Esme Creed Miles as Speaker) on the topic “Too much time is spent on the Kardashians and too little on Kinshasans”. Esme (Block 3) spoke very well and was complimented by many.

By Jonathan Selby, Head of History


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.


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