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World Speech Day 

Published on 20/03/17

‘Thoughts for a Better World’ was the theme of a recent public speaking event held at Orchard School Bristol to celebrate World Speech Day.

We were treated to a special afternoon of inspiring speeches from our staff and students, the CEO of our academy trust, as well as local personalities and other school pupils.

Topics addressed included racism, feminism, poverty, empathy, space exploration, peace and unity.

Head teacher Dr Helen Holman kicked off the event with a powerful speech emphasising the importance of embracing the present moment and allowing the future to take care of itself.

She said: “Sometimes there is good reason to look forward to ‘the next thing’. But I worry that in living our lives constantly in this idyllic future, we are missing a trick in the present.”

We also heard from Year 8 students Mo Aidid, Yasmin Lasku and Kacey Jeffreys who gave rousing speeches on gender and racial inequality, and the importance of overcoming self-doubt.

Deputy head teacher Kathleen McGillycuddy gave an emotional speech about the positive impact that kindness and reaching out to people in need can have on the world.

We were also joined by local activist and poet Lawrence Hoo, award-winning broadcaster Primrose Granville and St Bede’s Catholic College students Peter Savery and Jansen Roy.

The event culminated in a speech from Trust in Learning Academies (TiLA) CEO Mark Davies who used the tale of Greek philosopher Socrates to convey the message that our perceptions of the world can impact directly on our actions.

You can view photos from the event, here