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Yellowspring hosts Brentwood schools presentation competition for the 2nd year

Yellowspring hosts Brentwood schools presentation competition for the 2nd year

Brentwood Ursuline Convent School became the second venue for the Brentwood Schools Presentation competition for Year 7 students on Monday 30th June. The competition is based upon the Pecha Kucha presentation method of using 20 slides each being presented for just 20 seconds before automatically being moved on to the next. This method requires eloquence, succinctness, and good imagery to convey the message behind the presentation.

This year’s topic was 'My Hero from history'. The students were required to select their hero and to prepare the slides with words for their presentation. The five teams in the competition came from Brentwood Ursuline Convent School, St Martins School, Becket Keys School, Brentwood County High School and Shenfield School.

The heroes chosen included Steve Jobs, Helen Skelton, Martin Luther King Jr, Emily Pankhurst and Iqbal Masih. A varied selection with ‘history’ being loosely defined. The presentations were excellent and at the age of 12, these students would rival most presenters in the day to day business world!

The winning team from Becket Keys School chose Iqbal Masih as their hero and the five team members spoke with clarity, passion and had clearly researched their subject well. The audience of students, teachers and parents learned of Iqbal's short life as a worker in a carpet factory in Pakistan who stood up for the rights of children working as slaves and took the message across the world before being shot the very young age of 12. The poignancy of his age was not lost on those of the same age delivering the presentation. Mrs Sharp, Assistant Head Teacher at Becket Keys, was presented and commented ‘We are delighted that our team won and especially with their choice of hero – none of the teaching staff had heard of Iqbal before’. Pictured below.

The second place went to Shenfield High School with their presentation on Martin Luther King Jr and even included an ‘a cappella’ performance of Stevie Wonders tribute Happy Birthday song to Martin Luther King.

Yellowspring was instrumental in setting up the competition in 2013. Paul Rolison presented the prize and explained why Yellowspring was involved ‘We, along with many in business, recognise that the ability to deliver a presentation is a skill and challenges many already in the business world. It was very pleasing to be involved for the second year and to sponsor the event by providing a projector as the prize to the winning team’. All the students taking part received medals and a personalised certificate.

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