Stevenage schoolchildren speak up

All the pupils who took part

All the pupils who took part - Credit: Archant

SCHOOLS from across the Stevenage area have been talking their way through a competition.

Rudy Clifton 11, Katie Lane-Griffin 10, Damilare Haastrup 11 from Graveley school, William Ross 10,

Rudy Clifton 11, Katie Lane-Griffin 10, Damilare Haastrup 11 from Graveley school, William Ross 10, Darcy McDonnell 10, Millie Robbett 10 from Bennington - both team were joint overall winners - Credit: Archant

Primary schools from the town and the surrounding villages have been taking part in annual competition Stevenage Speaks, organised by the Stevenage Educational Trust.

The final was held at the University of Hertfordshire last Wednesday when a judging panel declared Graveley Primary School and Benington C of E Primary School as joint winners.

Richard Westergreen-Thorne, the development officer for the Stevenage Educational Trust, said: “It is not an easy thing to do to stand on a stage and perform in front of an audience whatever your age – let alone when you are aged 10 or 11.

“Everyone should be very proud of their efforts and they represented their schools and themselves so well. I hope that they remember this event and put themselves forward for the secondary competition for their schools when they move on to their secondary school.”


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The competition was open to Year 5 and 6 pupils, whose ages ranged from nine to 11, who spoke on issues including having a safer internet, graffiti and being a young person.

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