Bolingbroke pupil wins second place in public speaking challenge

Haja receiving her well deserved award from the Mayor of Wandsworth after coming second in the regional final of the Jack Pechey Speak Out Challenge

A  Bolingbroke pupil has come second in a prestigious public speaking competition which was being hosted at the Academy on Monday night. 

Alae in full flow during her compelling speech on Islamaphobia which impressed the audience and judges alike

Nerves were shredded when Bolingbroke hosted the regional final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge Regional Final, with two pupils from the school in the competition, which consisted of 18 in total from eight schools across Wandsworth borough. 

Alae’s speech was on Islamaphobia while Haja spoke about sexual abuse in society, and both girls gave impassioned and articulate talks to an impressed audience. Haja, however,  had the edge, and excelled coming second overall, with her compelling and passionate speech. She came second to Mia from Chestnut Grove, who pipped her at the post. 

Haja giving her prize-winning talk on sexual abuse in society, which scooped her the second prize

"Both girls were thoroughly dedicated to improving and practicing their speeches, knowing their nerves would be appeased (slightly) by the confidence they had in their speeches and their performances,” said Ms Wilson. 

The finalists had already overcome two stages to reach the final: A workshop and a school final - each time they were selected by the judges on the day (the Jack Petchey workshop facilitator at the workshop and a select group of teachers in the school final).