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April 25th 2018

Speak Out Challenge

The Halley Academy was invited to take part in a project run by The Jack Petchey Foundation called the 'Speak Out Challenge' and is a programme run by Speakers Trust.

The Foundation believe everybody should have the skills, confidence and desire to speak in public, and are dedicated to helping people of all ages and levels achieve this. Over fifty Year 10 students took part in workshops over two days and were able to create their own speeches on topics they were passionate about. Five students were selected by Jack Petchey judges to go through to the 'Assembly Final'. What an incredible way to end the term in a whole academy assembly. The students impressed and gripped their audience of over 1300. The Halley Academy sure knows how to showcase talent - it was an exceptional end to the Spring Term!

Two talented Yr10 students who both spoke passionately about equality were chosen by the judges to go through to the regional final at Greenwich Free School to compete against other finalists in Greenwich.

The winners from each school participated in a regional final where they had to speak in front of an audience of around 200 and a distinguished judging panel.  Our Year 10 students who were shortlisted for the final of the prestigious Speak Out Award, were an absolute credit to the academy. There were 18 contestants from schools across the borough. The standards were incredibly high and both should feel immensely proud of their achievement.  Unfortunately they were not the overall winners, but to get that far is a triumph in itself. 


Written by S Slocombe

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