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We are always delighted to recognise our girls’ successes, both academic and co-curricular, so many congratulations to Caroline Larkin, Grace Morrison and Georgia Winch who recently came a fantastic second in the St Aubyn’s Public Speaking competition. The team argued that, for environmental reasons, each family should be limited to one holiday involving flights per year.
As Caroline said: "We were really pleased to do so well in the competition.There were a lot of good local schools and the competition was tough. But we felt that our message was noticed and that we were making a difference."
Grace added: “We encouraged everyone to think about going on more holidays in England and supporting our local economy. I have already influenced my family and friends and we are going on holiday in this country this summer instead of flying abroad."
Meanwhile, we were thrilled that in the English Speaking Union’s (ESU) annual Public Speaking Competition, Emma Alexander from ‘Roedean A’ won the ‘Outstanding Competitor’ award. Emma performed with calm authority and great presence to sum up admirably and win the Joyce Rolf silver salver. This is the first time the salver has been presented to anyone in the first round of the competition.
Mr Hargreaves, who prepared the Roedean A and B teams for their appearance said, "This year the English Speaking Union celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Public Speaking Competition. This milestone is especially significant here in Brighton, as it was the Brighton branch of the ESU which came up with idea and which inaugurated this, now worldwide, event in 1960. Even more memorable for me, it was my old school, Varndean Grammar School for Boys which won that very first competition.