Nord Anglia Education
Nord Anglia
17 April, 2024

Years 7-9 BISS Talks 2024

Years 7-9 BISS Talks 2024 - Years 7-9 BISS Talks 2024

As part of the Key Stage 3 pastoral programme, each pupil was tasked to prepare a speech on a topic they were passionate about. This activity took place during form time within the first term. Pupils chose a diverse array of topics ranging from sports and hobbies to global hot topics such as ‘Artificial Intelligence’, ‘Plastic – The issue’, ‘Invest in your Sleep’ and ‘Anxiety’.

Over several weeks, with the support of the English and EAL departments, each pupil researched, wrote, and presented their speech to their own form group who then voted for the best one to go forward to the finals. They were all very impressive!

Years 7-9 BISS Talks 2024 - Years 7-9 BISS Talks 2024

All Key Stage 3 students then got together on Tuesday for an extended morning in the Auditorium for the opportunity to hear the BISS Talks finalists: a showcase of the chosen speakers presenting interesting, well-informed ideas in under 4 minutes. From this experience, our students have learnt that presentation skills are important for children as much as they are for university students and job candidates. They teach children to communicate with others, better express themselves, prepare well, and be responsible for something. Furthermore, they increase their levels of self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence.

The standard of the speeches was exceptional, showing passion, knowledge and enthusiasm across an exciting range of topics. Our panel of judges, Mr. Marlon Devonish, Mr. Andrew Joy and Ms. Lucy O’Neil found it extremely difficult to choose the winners due to the outstanding level of competition. After much deliberation, the winners were:

Year 7: Aarav
Why we should watch animations.

Year 8: Irene
The Power of Siblings

Year 9: Adrian

We hope you enjoy the collage of photos showing each of our finalists.

Years 7-9 BISS Talks 2024 - Years 7-9 BISS Talks 2024

The BISS community of staff and students would like to congratulate all pupils involved. It was a very close competition and the judges commented on the outstanding quality of the talks. The event is always a great success, and we are very much looking forward to hearing new talks next year in 2025.

Emma James
Deputy Head Pastoral