Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out’ training is designed to boost confidence and self-esteem in young people and helps them become better communicators. Fiona Whytehead, from the Jack Petchey Foundation, came to Tabor Academy and coached our contestants for a full day. At the end of the session Olivia and Bethany were chosen to participate in the final.
On Wednesday 27th April the Jack Petchey “Speak Out” North Essex Regional Final was held at the Braintree Arts Theatre and a fabulous night was had by all. The atmosphere in the hall was electric as Mrs Robinson, Mrs Gillett, Miss Arruda, Mrs Smith, Mrs Aves and both students’ families took their seats. The Master of Ceremony was last year’s winner, Notley High student Dexan Charlery-Warner, and, after introducing the judges, she began to call up the students one-by-one to give their speeches.
Twenty students from twelve senior schools across the district took part. The audience were fantastic and there was cheering, clapping and general encouragement for each and every one of them. Diverse subjects such as feminism and conformity were eloquently spoken about by the competitors.
Sadly Olivia was unable to make the evening but Bethany excelled herself with her speech about unconditional love and it was a joy to witness her performance. Every one of us realised that love knows no limits. It takes a lot of courage to stand in front of a large audience but Bethany acted like a professional.
At the end of the evening Vanessa Santomauro, councillor for Braintree South Ward, praised the contestants and said how much she had enjoyed their speeches, she then presented each one with a framed certificate. It was a great end to a most entertaining evening.