The National “Youth Speaks” competition organised by UK Rotary Clubs, is an event where Bedford High have usually excelled, but they have now reached the very top, winning the District and Regional Finals meaning that they qualified for the National Finals!
Bedford’s team were expected to take the honours at the National finals too, but these were cancelled due to the pandemic. The team of 3 girls from Year 8 and 9 faced older competitors in their category and spoke on a subject of their choice – “Actions Speak Louder Than Words!” Faith Barlow performed as Chairperson, providing an insightful and intriguing introduction to the subject, which Abigail Fletcher then delivered in the most professional and captivating manner, which many older, experienced speakers would have been proud to have made. A vote of thanks was then given by the mesmerising Meadow Armstrong, rounding off an amazing team effort.
Abigail’s heartfelt speech drew on her own personal experiences in difficult times and with a passion for “making a difference.” She highlighted how she had done a 10 mile walk to raise money for ‘The Bridge’ after a robbery there. By coincidence, The Bridge is an organisation that Leigh Rotary were very involved in setting up and running and is now a non-profit registered charity with a Community Cafe and Food Market.
Assistant Headteacher, Gabriel Calwell, said, “Youngsters have lost out on many aspects over the past few years, but this competition has remained a unique enriching opportunity for our talented young people. It will inevitably serve them very well in their personal development and it has given so many a newly found confidence. The Rotary organisation should be thanked for involving and inspiring children throughout Britain with this excellent competition.”
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