On a wet and wintry day, Glenlola School Library was the venue for the annual Road Safety Public Speaking Competition. Glenlola, who were defending their trophy against neighbouring Bangor Grammar School, were delighted to welcome back Mrs Doris Hutchieson, former teacher and Headmistress of Coleraine High School, as adjudicator. She was accompanied by Deputy Mayor of North Down, Marion Smith, who presented the cup to the overall winners. The pupils chose from a number of road safety-themed topics and entertained the audience with a range of intelligent, warm and engaging speeches.
In the First category Sarah Walker, Yr 10, gained runner- up with her well researched speech on Road Traffic Accidents while in the Intermediate section Martha Ward, Year 12, won first place for her persuasive and dynamic speech on the topic, “Is there such a thing as Road Traffic Accident?” Rebecca Brown, Year 14, was runner up in her section with a thought provoking speech on the topic, “Speed – more reduction or less?” while Connor Ardill from BGS gained the first place with a thought provoking and musical speech on preventing road deaths.
Congratulations go to all who took part and to our neighbours, Bangor Grammar, who this year claimed the cup. In the meantime, however, it is time to start preparing for next year’s competition!