Congratulations to Eleanor and Lucy (Y6) who won second place last night in the annual York Civic Trust Public Speaking Competition for Primary Schools.
The girls chose as their topic the question, “If you met a Roman centurion today, what parts of York would you show him?”
Ellie took the part of the visiting centurion while Lucy played the part of her guide, taking her for lunch in the Shambles, the Roman ghosts in the basement of Treasurer’s House, Common Hall Lane (which is an old Roman road).
“We thought Clifford’s Tower would be good to show the centurion, because it wasn’t there in Roman Times, and not many other cities in England have a similar site,” said Lucy.
“Winning second place was a big surprise but it was also really great,” adds Ellie.
Rachel Capper, Head of the Junior School, said the girls spoke very clearly and thoughtfully in rehearsal. “When I complimented the girls on their delivery, they told me, “We know it is the first and last time that people will hear what we have to say, so we have to give them time to take it all in.””
Eleven primary schools from across the city took part in the public speaking competition, which is staged each year at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall by the York Civic Trust.