16 October 2020

On Wednesday, we held the finals of the interhouse public speaking competition. After weeks of house selections, each put forward a speaker and a speech (chosen from history or literature) to be judged by a panel chaired by Triona Adams: a former nun, stage performer and theatrical agent who is now in charge of alumnae events at St Hilda’s Oxford.

The speeches chosen and memorised ranged from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, through Gloria Gaynor’s “I will survive” to Winston Churchill’s “we will fight them on the beaches”. The winning speech came from Lower School, with Harold Lethaby’s declamation of JFK’s “we choose to go to the moon” speech. Well done to all of the boys involved.

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