of the Wiltshire Times
The Consortium was a proud sponsor of a public speaking competition between three of our local secondary schools on 4th February.
The Young Voice of Trowbridge competition brought together students from The Clarendon Academy, John of Gaunt School and St Augustine’s Catholic College in Trowbridge. Each school brought teams from Years 8, 10 and 12 to deliver their rhetoric and persuade the judges of their arguments.
The debates centred on key issues for the area such as the development of a new cinema complex, local job prospects for school leavers and the influence of young people on the future of the town.
The Consortium’s Head of Marketing, Jo Trigg, was on the judging panel, along with Jane Scott OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council, Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth DL and Dr Andy Thompson, University of Bath. Jo said of the event “It was a hugely enjoyable evening. All the judges were very impressed by the quality of the arguments the students put forward and the standard of presentation together with the obvious amount of preparation involved. I’d like to congratulate all the schools who took part but particularly St Augustine’s who won the overall award on the night.”