Year 10 students take part in the Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out’ Challenge

On Wednesday 10 October, a group of Year 10 student’s pushed themselves out of their comfort zone – bringing fears, tears and in the end cheers, as each student delivered a competition speech as part of Jack Petchey’s ‘Speak Out’ challenge.

This challenge is a programme run by Speakers Trust and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation. It is a well-established and highly regarded public speaking training and competition project for schools in London and Essex.

As a result of participation in this programme, students will be able to deliver and present with confidence and impact, master the art of speaking without notes, speak in front of a group and understand the importance of structure.

Public speaking is widely reported to be one of the top phobias for many adults, therefore staff at UTC Heathrow were incredibly proud of how well the students delivered their speeches.

In the end, only four students could be put through to the UTC Heathrow Speak Out Final; congratulations to Laura Darbon, Ossian O’Sullivan Rugg, Albert Voicu and Summer Fisher. Razan Omer also deserves a special mention after overcoming her fear of public speaking to nearly make the final.

Only one will be crowned the UTC Speak Out Champion, who will have the honour of representing the school at the Regional Final.

During the competition, a distinguished panel of judges will be assessing and judging each performance. Our regional finalist will receive a framed certificate from a VIP, as well as several professional photos taken. The top three finalists will win vouchers of £100 (1st), £50 (2nd), £25 (3rd), and a trophy.

The regional champion will participate in the Grand Final (May 2019), where the winner will win £2,000 for themselves, and £3,000 for their school.

Thank you to all the staff for supporting the students, especially Louise Kelsh, who helped them all throughout the day. And well done to our Year 10’s who have taken part in this exciting challenge.

We know our students will do a great job; we will keep you posted as we continue to make history!