For the second year running a student from Townley Grammar School has won the Regional Final of the Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge!, a public speaking competition for young people.
Year 10 pupil Anna G was awarded first place for her passionate and thought-provoking speech about mental health entitled ‘A State of Mind’.
The event, which was hosted by Townley and held in the School Theatre, saw contestants from sixteen local schools competing for the title of Bexley Borough Regional Final winner and a place in the forthcoming Grand Final.
The evening began with a welcome speech by Townley’s Head Teacher, Mr Deehan, who also introduced the “Speak Out” Challenge! MC’s for the night - Chris Billington, Associate Trainer for Speakers Trust (the UK’s leading public speaking training charity) and Townley student Bobbie, winner of the 2013 Bexley Regional Heat.
The Year 10 contestants, who had each won their in-house school heat, then took to the stage to perform their speeches in front of a packed auditorium that included the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Howard Marriner and representatives from both the Jack Petchey and Speakers Trust organisations.