Five girls competed in the Winchester and Portsmouth Cranmer awards, a prayer reading competition at the Bishop’s residence in Winchester on 7th November. Three girls were awarded prizes, with St Swithun’s winning both first and second place in the senior category (15-18) and also first place in the junior category (11-15).
Ayomide Cole L4, Nonye Nwuke L6, Teninla Owolabi U6, Agnes Liddell M5 and Lyn Lee M5 all read a passage of between 3-5 minutes from the Book of Common Prayer.
Public speaking co-ordinator Sally Walmsley said “The girls read beautifully and eloquently, deftly displaying the confident public speaking skills for which St Swithun’s girls are known.”
Last year St Swithun’s girls won the local heat of the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition. St Swithun’s co-curricular debating clubs are also going from strength to strength, with approximately 50 girls (from years 7 to 13) participating in debating on a weekly basis.