Primary Students Lead the Debate

Albany Academy’s English Faculty held their annual Year 5 Primary School Public Speaking competition on Thursday 23rd June. The competition, which included teams from Horwich Parish, Withnell Fold, Rivington, All Saints, Blackrod Church School, Highfield and Gillibrand Primary school enabled students to put their persuasive skills to the test as they spoke about topics close to their hearts.

These local primaries entered the competition and delivered pre-prepared speeches on various topics to a large audience in Albany Academy’s main hall. The children who had support from Albany Academy’s English faculty delivered excellent speeches covering various topics.

As well as being judged on their speeches, competitors were also marked for the delivery of it and their ability to work as a team. Those who had the difficult task of choosing a winner included; Peter Mayland; Head teacher at Albany Academy, Shelley Birchall; Transition Manager/Head of Year 7 at Albany Academy, Tony Gibbs, a Governor at Albany and Head Boy, James Wilson.

All the teams performed superbly. The winning team came from Horwich Parish Church of England Primary School who delivered an engaging talk on the topic of; ‘Should children be able to choose the subjects that they are taught?’

Mrs Mason who organised the event said, “Every year I am astounded at how confident and engaging the Year 5 pupils are and this year was certainly no exception. All of the teams performed extremely well and I am sure that it was a difficult decision for the judges.”

Mr Beedie, Headteacher at the winning school, Horwich Parish Church of England Primary School, said, “We are delighted to have been able to enter two teams into the competition, and it has provided a valuable experience for our very articulate Year 5 children.  We are very proud of our winning team.”