On March 2nd a team of S3’s from Queen Anne attended the second heat of the procurator fiscals public speaking competition. The pupils had been asked to speak on the subject of ‘what it means to be a refugee in Scotland’ and given around a month to prepare their speeches.
On Wednesday Leila Davies and Sarah Haynes (the Queen Anne contestants) spoke at Dunfermline High school, competing against Dunfermline High and Woodmill High. Both of them were very nervous but spoke incredibly well.
Leila went first, opening her speech with a Martin Luther King quote from his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. She went on to discuss some of the issues refugees can face upon entering the country, she also spoke of some of the misconceptions people have about refugees. Leila also described the journey of a real Syrian family that fled Syria to Live in Scotland.
Sarah went second, she spoke about the media, using examples of adverts that people could relate to, helping people to connect with her speech. Sarah also spoke about how many refugees will be entering the country, where they will live and how they will adapt.
At the end of their speeches the team were asked questions by the other teams, both answered confidently even when challenged about their sources.
After Queen Anne had spoken Dunfermline High and Woodmill presented their speeches, the four of them spoke very well, giving the judges a tough decision. After much deliberation the judges had made a decision, unfortunately Queen Anne did not go through despite working very hard on their speeches.
At the end all the contestants were given certificates for taking part and the judges gave feedback to all those who spoke. Overall all pupils involved with both this heat and the last one should be very proud of themselves, despite not winning all four of them wrote brilliant speeches and presented them to a high standard.
by Oli Walker