Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge Final
After becoming the Merton Regional Champion, Rutlish Deputy Head Boy, Calum Thorne, was picked as a grand finalist and performed at the Jack Petchey Speak Out Final on 2nd July. He was one of 15 finalists. The panel of judges were:
- Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector of Ofsted
- Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Columnist for the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Independent etc
- Faisal Islam, Sky News’ Political Editor
Although he did not win Rutlish is incredibly proud of Calum’s achievement. The teachers who watched his speech said he was “phenomenal”.
The competition was set up by The Jack Petchey Foundation and the Speakers Trust and is the largest youth public speaking event in the world with over 17,000 students entering. Students can talk to a maximum of 3 minutes on a topic of their choice. Calum spoke about the importance of the creative arts in the development of teenagers.