Public Speaking Competition

Public Speaking Competition
Birkenhead Circle and St Helens Circle conduct local competitions inviting the Catholic Schools in their area to send candidates to compete. These Public Speaking competitions are open to pupils aged 16-18years old. The winners of the Circle competitions are invited to the Provincial Public Speaking Competition Final. The winner of the Provincial Public Speaking competition is invited to the National Competition.

This years Provincial Public Speaking Competition was to take place on Friday 20th March 2020, 6.30 for 7.00pm prompt. However it has been Postponed Temporally due to Coronavirus.

The venue will be The Catholic High School, Chester, Old Wrexham Road, CH4 7HS. (2019 Winners),once the Coronavirus outbreak is under control.

Tickets Cost £14 including a substantial meal, under 18’s half price.  Contact your Circle Secretary?Provincial Councillor who are holding your tickets.


Birkenhead Circle`s Public Speaking Competition January 2020

The Brothers of Birkenhead Circle hosted their fourth successful public speaking competition at St Werburgh`s Hall Birkenhead on 24th January . The local Catholic Schools were strongly represented with an extremely high standard of performance with thought provoking topics of their choice . Speakers :

Hannan McCabe Upton Hall “ The Lessons of History “

Michael Hughes St Anselm`s College “ Rome Empire never dies “

Noa Sundqvist St Anselm`s College “ Role of the Catholic Church in the Modern World “

George Connelly St John Plessington College “ Why we should have Proportional representation “

St Mary`s College were an apology on this occasion but hope to take part in the Provincial Competition in March .

It was a very close contest with Michael Hughes of St Anselm`s College narrowly winning with an excellent confident speech on the influence of the Roman Empire over time . Hannan Mc Cabe`s topic of why we never seem to learn from the lessons of history was particularly poignant .
As has become a tradition Lesley Sutherland gave positive feed back to all contestants and wished them well in the Provincial Competition . The M C Ed Byrnes acknowledged the efforts and support of the teaching staff present . The evening was concluded with the presentation of the trophy to Michael Hughes by immediate past president Charles Boulton and photographs of the contestants were taken for school and Catenian webb sites and their records .

E . S. Byrnes Birkenhead Catenian Circle 69


Carmel College Public Speaking Competition Friday 7th February 2020

Another fantastic evening at Carmel College for their annual Public Speaking competition. Every year we say the best year ever, well it’s happened again.

This year we welcomed 5 exceptional presentations from in running Order,

Olivia Stevenson “A day to dream of”

Ines Bonati “Money has to serve note to rule (Pope Francis)”

Thomas Thorogood “A day to dream Of”

Dona Josh ” 3 wishes”

Nic Jezierski ” A day to dream of”

Kathryn Edmond, Chaplain Carmel College got the evening off to a great start with a lovely  prayer dedicated to the contestants, I think our prayers where answered, speech after speech drawing a great round of applause.

The eventual winner was Dona Josh, pictured third from the left, stood with the trophy next to the Chairperson for the night, Brother President Roger Mullin of St Helen’s Circle.

Chair of Judges Margaret Turner (St Helen’s Catenians) reported the other judges (Bernard Fyles also St Helne’s Catenians) and  Neil Connolly (Retired Director of NHS Primary Care, St Helens) had a really tough job separating the winner as the results were very close.  Margaret went on to say with general agreement from all present it has been the strongest competition to date. The speeches were all excellently presented, the content very well researched and thought provoking.

Dona goes on to the Provincial final at Chester High School who provided last years winner thus. this years Hosts

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