It was a pleasure to hold the New Basildon Challenge Public Speaking Competition here at Phoenix for the 3rd year running. In the morning, 7 KS1 schools from across Basildon competed in a Poetry Recital. Ist place went to Greensted Infants who take back the KS1 New Basildon Challenge cup to their school. 2nd place went to Ryedene and Lincewood came 3rd.
In the afternoon, 9 KS2 schools competed in the Great Debate, where they presented speeches on, ‘Is banning plastic straws and single use plastic enough to save the environment? What else can we do as individuals, as communities and as a country?’ There were some very interesting facts and statistics researched and Greensted Juniors took 1 st place, 2nd place went to Lincewood and Great Berry came 3rd.
Thank you to all the schools who participated. It was great to see the Basildon Schools community come together to celebrate the talents of our young students.