Children impress in final challenge

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TALENTED champions of a debating competition for Wigan’s schools presented their winning speech to their biggest audience yet.

Lamberhead Green Primary School’s debating team, Little Lambers, were this year’s winners of Wigan Rotary Club Junior Speaks Competition, which is an annual competition rolled out to a number of schools across the borough.

And in their final challenge they were tasked with presenting to members of the Rotary Club.

The Little Lambers team beat 17 other teams from 13 schools to be crowned champions in the competition which aims to equip children with a variety of skills that they will find useful in later life.

Mel Finch, from the Rotary Club, said: “This year was the fourth year we have run the competition and we are delighted to see that it has grown year on year.

“At the Rotary Club we believe that being about the speak confidently is a very useful life skill and the debating competition is a great way of developing that skill while the children are still young.

“It also allows them to express their creativity and as ever we were extremely pleased to see the wonderful and imaginative ideas of the children and the confidence in which they expressed them.”

Each team must choose a subject to talk about and the winning team’s theme was ‘Five Ways of Getting out of Trouble (for children only).’

The winner was announced a number of weeks ago in a final held at the school of last year’s winners, St Wilfrid’s in Standish, but that did not mean the hard work was over.

Mr Finch said: “The final challenge for the children, presenting to club members, is quite different to what they have done before.

“The main difference is that they have an adult audience and there was a great turn out of members on the day.

“About 50 people came to The Owls at Standish for the presentation and everybody really enjoyed listening to the children speak so confidently.”

After the children’s final presentation they were awarded special certificates and the Hoddinott Shield, named so in memory of a former Rotary Club member, Peter Hoddinott.

Peter was the former principal of Wigan College.