GNE/Nuffic speech competition

On 15th February five students competed in the regional rounds of the GNE/Nuffic speech competition. This is a nationwide English speech competition that is open to all students in the Netherlands over the age of 16 and under the age of 21. On Friday 15th four T5 students and one DP1 student travelled to Stanislas College in Delft. The students were Emiel Borsboom, Meike Jansen, Rachel den Otter, Noa Smink and Hamza Reedy. On 20th February Nina van Wijk, a T5 student, took part in the regional competition in Doorn. The topics that the students could choose from were:

  1. Plastic Fantastic?! 
  2. Finding your passion is overrated. 
  3. A better world starts with you. 
  4. 'Big brother is watching you...'; does privacy exist? 
  5. UK-Dutch relations: what will the future bring? 
  6. Nature is a common language. 

The students needed to perform a persuasive speech five minutes in length and answer questions from the jury. The competition was very fierce with some entertaining and highly persuasive speeches being performed. The competition took place in two heats with a total of eighteen competitors. When the results were announced we were delighted to hear that Hamza Reedy from DP1 had been chosen to continue on to the semi-finals. In that round 16 students will compete for 8 places in the finals that will be held on the same day. The semi-final consists of an impromptu three-minute speech performance.  GNE/Nuffic will offer Hamza a workshop to hone his impromptu speech skills. On 3rd April at Deltion College in Zwolle Hamza will compete in the semi-finals and, possibly, the finals. We would like to wish Hamza good luck and thank all the students for participating and sharing their skills and enthusiasm for speech performance.

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