St Joseph and St Teresa

Catholic Primary School

“Walking hand in hand with God, as we strive to do our best”

Catenian Competition



On Friday 10th June, five children from Y6 represented the school at a public speaking competition in Taunton between the schools from our multi-academy trust. William Yandell, Monty Conway, Lucia Nurse, Padraig Ryan and Cecily Robinson were asked to speak in front of an audience to share their views on Catholic Social Teaching, specifically Human Dignity. After spending much of the morning rehearsing, our children were asked to step forward and present after lunch and did so in such a way that the judges were blown away by their discussion points, diction and teamwork. After deliberation, they were given first prize in the competition and awarded the Allan Paver trophy which will be ours for the next year! We couldn’t be more proud of the way the children spoke and represented the school on the day, not just with their presentation skills but also with their interpersonal skills and humility as they congratulated the other schools who took part. We look forward to next year’s competition to see if we can retain the trophy and build on this stunning achievement. Well done!



In Malala Class this week, the children got the chance to demonstrate their wonderful speaking and listening skills as part of a public speaking competition. Hosted by The Catenians, the children had to form groups, plan and present a speech no longer than 8 minutes using the theme of Catholic Social Teaching. Each group presented their views on why it is important to learn about topics such as human dignity, stewardship and peace, as part of our Catholic education. We also focused on our presentation skills, watching examples of TED talks from younger presenters, picking up tips that help us convey our points to the audience. The way in which the children worked collaboratively and showed superb teamwork throughout the week really impressed me and we had a wonderful final performance on Tuesday. External judges from the Catenians graded the children on content, diction, intonation and collaboration and in the end, selected a winning team and a runner up. These were:

Runners Up: Eleanor, Jack, Alfie, Katie and Charlie

Winners: William, Lucia, Padraig, Cecily and Monty

Our winning team spoke passionately about the importance of Human Dignity and will now go on to represent the school at the final, held between the schools from our Trust on Friday 10th June. Congratulations to them and to everyone!