Clyde Valley pupils speak out

SPEAKING OUT . . . participants in Clyde Valley High's junior public speaking competition.
SPEAKING OUT . . . participants in Clyde Valley High's junior public speaking competition.

THE annual partnership primary and junior inter-house public speaking competitions were held at Clyde Valley last week.

Claire Douglas, of the English department, hosted the evening and was delighted to welcome an audience of some 150 people who came to offer their support.

Headteacher Ian Sommerville, school librarian Marie McGough former member of staff Elizabeth Clarke formed the panel of judges.

Eight primary schools took part in their event, with the speakers providing a fantastic night’s entertainment.

Their speeches were thoughtful, humorous, reflective, personal and beautifully constructed. The quality of delivery from the eight speakers was overwhelmingly good and set the judges a hugely difficult task.

Representing the various schools were Lewis Craghill (Morningside), Leah Jane Hannah (Newmains), Emily Lang (Netherton), Katelyn Kenmuir (Thornlie), Cameron Fyfe (Wishaw Academy), Jordan Brown (Berryhill), Lauryn Brown (Muirhouse) and Nicole Dunning (Overtown).

Winner was Lauryn Brown who won the Primary event with a sensitive piece entitled ‘A Story of Change’.

The junior inter-house event was of a similar high standard. Those participating were Raina Owens and Liam Dunnachie (Sneddon), Rebecca Gault and Niamh Speirs (Sneddon) and Ewan McBride and Jodie Barrett (Curran).

Again, after a fantastic contest, Rebecca Gault was declared the individual winner with her speech ‘And The Band Played On’ – a reflective piece on the last moments of the fateful maiden voyage of the Titanic.

Rebecca joined forces with Niamh Speirs to capture the George Trophy for Sneddon and three points in the championship race. Houldsworth took second place with Curran third.

THE STEAMIE: A party of S3 pupils recently enjoyed a visit to the King’s Theatre in Glasgow to watch the latest production of the well-known Scottish play ‘The Steamie’, written by Tony Roper.

The show linked in with the history course, showing pupils how people lived in Glasgow in the mid 20th century.

It was pleasing the party received several plaudits from theatre staff and from members of the public for their exemplary conduct, good manners and for their generosity in making donations to Yorkhill Children’s Hospital on leaving the theatre.

PARENTS’ GROUP: The final parents’ group meeting of the session will take place in the staffroom on Wednesday, May 30, at the normal start time of 7.30pm.

As well as the routine business a member of the North Lanarkshire Schools and Centres 21 team will be present to give parents and staff an update on the Clyde Valley Campus project.

The evening will end with light refreshments and ‘nibbles’ to celebrate the end of another busy year for the group.