Elocution Competition Finals

The Prep School Elocution Competition Final was held on Friday 27th May. It was wonderful to once again be able to hold this event, after two years without a final to which all pupils and parents could be invited. 

The proceedings started early for the finalists, as each had to perform an unseen poem - after just ten minutes to prepare - in front of the judge and Mrs Bonner-MacKenzie before performing their prepared poem in front of a large audience. The finalists were understandably nervous, but all performed brilliantly. The variety of poetry - all of which pupils had chosen themselves - was excellent and the audience was treated to everything from the classics of William Blake and W H Auden, to more modern offerings from Wes Magee. 

We were delighted to invite our guest judge, Sarah North, who not only used to teach English at the "other St Hugh's" in Oxfordshire, but also now works closely with ISEB and SATIPS, leading the 11+ English setting team and providing courses on a range of topics to English teachers all over the country. 

Sarah was impressed with the pupils' composure in front of such a large crowd, as well as the immense effort that had gone into learning their poems by heart and perfecting their articulate performances. 

Well done to everyone involved, and particular congratulations to our 2022 winners and runners up. 

Junior competition 

  • 1st: Arabella G
  • 2nd: Joshua F
  • 3rd: Holden L

Intermediate competition 

  • 1st: Grace L
  • 2nd: Matthew H
  • 3rd: Angelina B

Senior competition 

  • 1st: Ruby S
  • 2nd: Russell B
  • 3rd: Dan G