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Javier Wins Public Speaking Award

Javier Wins Public Speaking Award

Congratulations to Year 10 student Javier Stival da Silva on winning the Brighton & Hove Arts Council Award to the Outstanding Personality at the English Speaking Union's School's Public Speaking Competition recently.

The prestigious ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition is the largest such contest in England and Wales, with around 400 teams taking part annually.  It aims to encourage quick thinking and relationship building, as well as being a great way for students to develop their oracy skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

Contestants at the local heats had to choose from from potential topics, with Javier electing to give his five minute speech on the topic "In today's world, the young are wiser than the old."

He argued that: "We look at others' mistakes and we don't repeat them - we gain wisdom from our ancestors. that way we are able to naturally evolve and get smarter in order to generate progress in our own society."



Javier said:

This was the first time I have entered a speaking competition. I was really proud that I was chosen to represent BACA as I only came to England from Brazil 6 or 7 months ago, and English is not my first language. I had a lot of fun in the competition and it was a great learning experience.

 Photography by Emily Colwell