Bovvered’ about grammar
KING S School Ely sixth formers narrowly missed out on a place in the regional round of a nationwide public speaking competition run by the English Speaking Union. Nouri Vergehese, Becky Hill and Jennifer Wightwick chose Am I Bovvered? as the title of t
KING'S School Ely sixth formers narrowly missed out on a place in the regional round of a nationwide public speaking competition run by the English Speaking Union.
Nouri Vergehese, Becky Hill and Jennifer Wightwick chose 'Am I Bovvered?' as the title of their topic - a reference to Lauren, the modern-day schoolgirl constantly troubled by current parlance, one of the characters created by Catherine Tate for her BBC TV show, whose writers include Aschlin Ditta, a former pupil at King's.
Nouri made a five-minute speech about the need to maintain standards of grammar, punctuation and spelling, Jennifer chaired questions from the floor and Becky gave a two-minute summary.
Their teacher, Ruth Crabtree, said: "Public speaking encourages self-confidence, clarity of thought, the importance of listening critically, awareness of important social and political issues and the ability to think on your feet."
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The finals of the King's School's own annual inter-house debating competition takes place on Thursday, December 14 when the adjudicator will be Malcolm Moss, MP for North East Cambridgeshire.
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