Yet another action packed term for Class 6 drew to a close with the highly anticipated Battle of the Churchills 2016/17.
Our topic of World War 2 has seen us delve into the terrifying yet inspiring memories of yesteryear. We have written speeches as Neville Chamberlain, written diaries as a character from Goodnight Mr.Tom, researched a famous wartime leader, found facts from the Battle of Britain, written our own chilling German propaganda, experienced first hand the jobs and tasks of wartime Britain with our history workshop and we rounded the topic off with our very own Winston Churchill speech – what a lot of work!
After planning, writing and preparing our speech, we gathered together to compete in the most tightly contested “speech off” St.John’s has ever seen. The first round saw us deliver our speech to a small group of randomly selected peers. We then had a secret ballot to determine who would progress to the next round. The lucky 16 contestants were then paired with a new opponent to battle off one on one. Yet another small group decided each pair’s fate. We were then down to 8.
The final 8 were allowed 10 seconds each to deliver one particular rousing section of their speech, in an attempt to win the votes of the previously eliminated contestants – now eager spectators.
After much deliberation, our 8 semi-finalists were whittled down to 5 finalists. We were intending for 4 finalists, however, we just couldn’t separate the incredible speeches of 5 students: Sophie, Nathan, Freya, Eliza and Paddy.
The final 5 performed their entire speeches to the captivated audience of previous contestants, Mrs.Quirk, Mrs. Gillhouley, Mrs. Baillache, Mrs.Barnett and myself – quite a large audience you can imagine.
One final vote brought us to one final winner.
Congratulations, Eliza. Victorious Champion of the Battle of the Churchills 2016/17.
Fantastic term Class 6. Your work is improving each and every day, your attitude to learning is exceptional and your greatest achievement this term is your growing sense of unity as a class – it is wonderful to see, well done!
Have a restful and peaceful break, a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
I will see you in January.