The Perse School

Pupils excel at history public speaking tournament

16 Mar 2016

Four Perse students, Garret Shannon, Wafia Zia, Chloe Curtis-Smith and Tristan Alphey, competed in the Agincourt Public Speaking Tournament at King’s College London on Saturday 12 March. The competition, run by the Historical Association as part of their programme to commemorate Henry V’s famous victory against the French at Agincourt in 1415, pitted some of the best young historians in the country against one another in four minute speeches.

Students were asked to prepare a speech on the title ‘Agincourt, Waterloo, the Somme: why do some battles resonate through history?’. There were many different approaches to answer this question and despite the nerves, the quality of the competition was incredibly high. Following heats and a semi-final, Wafia, Chloe and Tristan all managed to advance to the final, which was held in one of the lecture halls at King’s College. Chloe, who is in Year 11 and was one of the youngest students to enter the competition, delivered her speech brilliantly in each round, finishing third overall and receiving a cheque for £50. Tristan, who has recently been made an offer to study history at Oxford next year, came second and was awarded a cheque for £100. All four students performed superbly and were a credit to the School.

Many thanks to the Historical Association for running the event and to King’s College for hosting the tournament. Thanks also to Miss Morgan for organising everything and supporting the students on the day.

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