Six boys from Years 10 and 11 represented Tiffin in the English Speaking Union Public Speaking competition at St Paul’s School. This was the first time for a number of years that Tiffin had participated in this competition and our success can be partly attributed to two preceding events. The first was the re-invigoration of Tiffin’s Monday lunchtime Debating Society by sixth formers, Angelo Umashangar and Ujjaval Dhingra, and their enthusiasm to enter several debating competitions of different styles and for different age groups. The second was the Tiffin House public speaking competition; another remarkable event which this year saw 90 boys deliver speeches on an unimaginable variety of topics from ‘Philosophy and Pooh’ to pet snakes which helped identify some of Tiffin’s most talented speakers.
The competition ran from 5pm to 9pm and saw Tiffin’s speakers take on the different roles of chair, presenter and questioner as they grappled with the awkward pre-determined topics. At the end of the evening, although Putney High School won the team event, Tiffin took home two of the three individual prizes: the three judges chose Freddie Maguire as the best Chair and Manuj Mishra as the best questioner. All six competitors spoke with tremendous maturity and represented Tiffin exceptionally well.