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Pupils from King's Lynn schools speak out to win top prizes

PUBLISHED: 17:12 10 March 2011

Winners of the Soroptimists Public Speaking Competition, Pupils from South Wootton Junior School. Front from left, 1st place winners, Kaveeta Malhi, Kirsten Rowland and Ashmethaa Ashokkumar, and 3rd place team, back from left, Eden Cooper, Lucy McLauchlan and Ella Regan-Dennis. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Winners of the Soroptimists Public Speaking Competition, Pupils from South Wootton Junior School. Front from left, 1st place winners, Kaveeta Malhi, Kirsten Rowland and Ashmethaa Ashokkumar, and 3rd place team, back from left, Eden Cooper, Lucy McLauchlan and Ella Regan-Dennis. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Teams of pupils from primary schools around King's Lynn engaged in a war of words when they took part in an annual competition.

The children, from five schools, met to do battle at the town’s King Edward VII School where the Soroptomists’ public speaking competition was held on Thursday last week.

South Wootton school had double cause to celebrate as their teams came first and second in the event.

“I would not have wanted to judge between them because they were all so good,” said the school’s literacy co-ordinator Judith Waite.

Three children made up each team and South Wootton has taken part in each event the Soroptomists have organised in the town.

In previous years the money won from the competition has been put towards buying medals and trophies which are used for an in-house public speaking competition held in the summer.

“The older children who took part in the Soroptomists’ competition will mentor the younger ones for our school version of the event,” said Mrs Waite.

The winning team members spoke on ‘if I had a lot of money,’ while the team who came second spoke on ‘women who made a change to the world.’

“The range of subjects was fantastic and I admire all of them,” said Mrs Waite.

The prize money for this year’s event has yet to be ear-marked for a particular school project.

The schools who took part were South Wootton, St Martha’s, Greyfriars, Reffley and Eastgate.

The Soroptomists’ competition is designed to promote confidence, team-work and awareness of social and environmental issues.

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