09 May Project Soapbox
In the last week of the Spring term an incredible 193 students from Year 8 took part in Project Soapbox.
The students had spent their English lessons deciding on a topic that they were passionate about; developing their public speaking skills; and planning and learning their speeches in preparation for the event. Every student in the year group was involved and for many this was their first ever formal public speech, so the stakes (and the nerves) were high!
Covering a massive range of topics including: bullying, racism, social media, the wages of footballers and the Syrian refugee crisis, Project Soapbox gave students the opportunity to both develop their public speaking skills and to present on an issue that was close to their hearts.
Speaking with passion, logic, and well crafted argument, the students wowed their audiences with their knowledge of their topics and their eloquence… and their fearlessness in speaking in front of their peers, parents and teachers.
This was just the beginning, next year Project Soapbox will grow to cover all of Key Stage 3. Watch this space…
Mr Fitch (Director of Spoken Languages)