We had a visit from Anson Lo from Prep4Hong Kong. Anson spent a week visiting UK schools with Victoria Davies Jones, Xiaomoa Lily Zhang and Betsy Ng from Prep4 Hong Kong and David Boddy from ASIS.
After his school visits Anson spent two weeks with the Lee family in the heart of the Sussex Countryside, working with us on a special programme to build up confidence and interpersonal communication skills in English. We also devised a special extension programme for Anson to experience a wide selection of British and European life. He joined a Mandarin lesson at Benenden School and delivered a presentation about China to the reception class at Broad Oak School in Heathfield.
Our programme of extension visits varied from “The Seagulls” (Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club) to Cheltenham races, Oxford University as well as London plus a taste of Europe with a trip on the Le Shuttle to the ancient city of Bruges in Belgium. We were sad to see Anson leave at the end of the two weeks but we were delighted with his increased confidence and very good command of English.
Youth Speaks by Graham Lee
Over the last 6 weeks I had the pleasure of working with the Benenden School public speaking team, helping them with their preparations for the Rotary ‘Youth Speaks’ Competition. The competition is organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland and sponsored by Gandys (Orphans for Orphans). Benenden was asked if we’d like to host the competition and we were delighted to do so, welcoming visiting teams from Sutton Valence School and The Tower School, Ashford.
Youth Speaks is a four stage competition designed to support and encourage development of effective communication skills. The competition is open to teams of three students in full time education in two age groups: Intermediate 11 to 13 years and Senior 14 to 17 years. Each team member takes one of three roles: chairperson, speaker or vote of thanks, and is allocated a specific time to perform their role. With no intermediate team in our competition in this round, Tenterden Rotary decided that each team could include a younger speaker who would deliver a 4 minute speech and this would be judged separately from the senior team.
The evening was great success and the competition was a great opportunity for young people to practice their speaking skills in a structured and supportive environment.
Congratulations to Sutton Valence for winning the team event and at Benenden we were delighted that our Senior Speaker won the individual speaker cup with a talk on “Improving the Education System” and our Junior speaker won with a talk on “Does Religion Hinder Social Progress?”.
Our Senior speaker was Caitlin Powell and I asked her to write me a paragraph on how her experience was useful to her.
“When we present ourselves, or our projects or apply for jobs, the way we speak is incredibly important. Articulation and projection when talking before others, specially large groups of people is essential. Speaking confidently fills an audience with conviction. We are more likely to be persuaded by someone when they speak well and sound like they know what they are talking about. Public speaking is a key skill everyone should learn from a young age. Whether for business, competitions or jobs this skill is one I would recommend everyone to develop.”
Prep4’s Half Term Creative Workshop
“The Hero’s Journey”
Facing challenges, building confidence
Using drama, story making and creative arts, a unique opportunity for 11 to 13 year olds to learn performance and communication skills, build confidence, develop innovative thinking and have lots of fun!
Prep4’s Workshop is designed for students at any level of ability to work on a project using drama and presentation techniques, combined with creative arts to produce a performance. Students will also learn how to apply the “journey principle” to their own lives.
For details tel 01323 483367 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Graham and Victoria enjoyed two terrific days at Ipswich School delivering “The Spotlight is on You” the Prep4 interview skills and goal setting workshop, as part of the Ipswich School’s excellent “Life Skills” programme.
Victoria met with Head, Mr Nicholas Weaver, to discuss future collaboration, including her next book, and we look forward to building the relationship with him and Head of Sixth Form, Mr Louis d’Arcy.