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Posted on: March 14th 2024

Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge


On Thursday 14th March, two of our extremely talented Year 10s – Miria and Aarya - represented Whitmore in the Regional Final of the Jack Petchey 'Speak Out' competition where they competed against students from schools around the borough. They were selected after a series of workshops after which 90 Year 10 students presented a short speech on a topic of their choice followed by an in-school final of six students.

Their speeches, performed at the Regional Final hosted by Bentley Wood, blew away the 100-strong audience which included the Mayor of Harrow. Miria’s speech, titled ‘Toy Story’ was a powerful reminder of the importance of our formative years and to not let the memories of our youth escape us as we get older. Aarya’s speech, titled ‘The Power of Failure,’ tackled similar themes of using our past to ensure future success and her words would have been a timely reminder to those in the audience who have exams coming up in the summer.

The standard of speeches from all of the regional finalists from across Harrow was incredible, with one judge commenting that it was ‘the highest collective standard of speeches’ she had ever listened to in all her years of being on the judging panel! While the entrants from Whitmore sadly did not make it through to the grand final, they should still feel incredibly proud of themselves for their efforts throughout the four-month process.

The public speaking, speech crafting, and creative skills gained by all of the Year 10 students, not just those who represented our school in the regional final, will serve them well in exams and in life beyond the classroom. Well done once more to Year 10 for their amazing work during the ‘Speak Out’ Challenge process, and again to Miria and Aarya!