Encouraged by the success of the First and Second Plain English Speaking Contests, the English Department of our school organised the Third Plain English Speaking Contest 2013/2014 on 16 May 2014. The Third Plain English Speaking Contest is a public speaking contest for all Junior form students from schools in the New Territories (West) and other government schools; and is supported by the English Speaking Union, Hong Kong, and the NET Section, Education Bureau.
Conducted over 3 months, the Third Plain English Speaking Contest provided an avenue for students to sharpen their speaking skills and build confidence in public presentation, in addition to promoting the personal development of students through the use of clear and effective spoken English. 26 student contestants, representing all Junior form classes, attended a series of 3 training sessions conducted by our school’s NET. Through the training, the contestants learnt both speech writing and delivery techniques. The contestants subsequently put their oratorical skills to the test at the intra-school competition on 3 April 2014.
The Final of the Third Plain English Speaking Contest 2013/2014 was held successfully on the afternoon of 16 May 2014 at Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School. This year, we were privileged to have a very distinguished panel of adjudicators from the English Speaking Union, Hong Kong, and the NET Section, EDB. The panel was presided over by Dr. Verner Bickley, MBE, Chairman of the English Speaking Union, Hong Kong. 14 finalists from 7 schools were locked in an intense neck and neck competition. They delivered rousing speeches that earned the adjudicators’ commendation for the sheer quality and confident delivery of their speeches.
Yuen Wing Yu from South Tuen Mun Government Secondary School won the coveted Championship of the contest; whilst N.T. Heung Yee Kuk Yuen Long District Secondary School and Homantin Government Secondary School earned the First and Second-Runner up prizes respectively. Notwithstanding, all finalists were winners in their own right that afternoon - for their spunky performance in the presence of a huge audience, a very distinguished panel of adjudicators; and in English Language to boot.
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