'Children should be seen and not heard: discuss.'

Not a topic that would have gone over very well in this year's Youth Speaks competition.

Five teams gave voice to their views in the local heats of Rotary International's competition for young speakers.

The heats, at Swakeleys School for Girls in Clifton Gardens, Hillingdon on December 3, pitted three-pupil teams from the host school plus St Helen's College in Hillingdon, Northwood Academy and Harefield Academy against eachother.

St Helen's 'B' team took the honours in the younger section, Ashleigh Schuman, 12, Vicky Tsouki, 13, and Riya Raval, 13, all pictured top, delivering a witty and interesting talk on teenage slang.

Each team must introduce its subject, speak on it for six minutes then analyse and close the presentation, with members taking the different tasks. They must also answer an impromptu question on their subject.

The teams are marked on delivery, clarity, organisation of arguments and teamwork, among other things.

 

In the senior section, the team of Nicole De Paula, Kye Payne and Blake Elliott, all aged 14, above, convinced the judges their discourse on It's Not What You Look At That Matters - It's What You See was worthy of the trophy, in a close run contest with the team from Northwood.

The event was organised by the combined Rotary Clubs of Hillingdon and Pinner, and sponsored by intu Uxbridge shopping centre.

St Helen's and Harefield will now go on to the district heats in January.

The Rotary Club of Uxbridge is organising a Young Musicians competition, but you will need to be 'allegro' to enter.

Anyone who was under 18 years old on August 1 this year is eligible and singers are welcome too, but time is running out to make your pitch. Entries must be in by December 20.

Drop by the Skills Store at 24, Market Square in The Pavilions shopping centre in Uxbridge High Street for an entry pack.

The competition, organised by Rotary and Hillingdon Music Service, will be at Uxbridge High School in The Greenway on January 25, 2014.

For more information, call the Rotary Club of Uxbridge on 07971 663394 or email uxbridgerotary@hotmail.co.uk