Speaking up at Longtower

Pupils from Longtower Primary school who were the overall winning team at the Home Accident Prevention Foyle public speaking competition. They are, front from left, Chloe Bradley, Mollie Doherty, Shona McLaughlin, Dayla Yuceler, Cahal O'Connell, Catherine Pierse and Jack Ward. Back row, from left, are Jenny Tuck, Eamon Devlin, principal, and Anne Lynch. (0503PG60)
Pupils from Longtower Primary school who were the overall winning team at the Home Accident Prevention Foyle public speaking competition. They are, front from left, Chloe Bradley, Mollie Doherty, Shona McLaughlin, Dayla Yuceler, Cahal O'Connell, Catherine Pierse and Jack Ward. Back row, from left, are Jenny Tuck, Eamon Devlin, principal, and Anne Lynch. (0503PG60)

Longtower Primary School collected their third successive first place award for public speaking at the Home Accident Prevention, Public Speaking Competition, this week.

The primary school section of the competition was, for the third successive year, won by a Longtower pupil. This year the school also won the overall prize due to the fact one of their pupils also collected bronze.

Winner was Catherine Pierse and third was Chloe Bradley. Both pupils are in Primary six and eligible to re-enter next year.

In fact the school must have a secret when it comes to public speaking as the winner and runner up in the post-primary section, Kate Martin of Lumen Christi and Jodie Jordan of St. Cecilia’s are former Longtower pupils also.

Longtower pincipal, Eamon Devlin, said: “We had six pupils competing in the primary section and they all did fantastically well. We are delighted with the overall prize but just as much with the fact that all our pupils spoke exceptionally well. They all had their own individual styles and I was very proud of them all.”

The competition which was held at Oakgrove Integrated College on Tuesday evening saw pupils speak on the topic of ‘Slips, trips and broken hips.’

Mr. Devlin said: “Our pupils wrote their own speechs, with lots of facts and figures and some were serious, some funny. The pupils were then coached by Mrs. Anne Lynch. If we have a secret it is the work Mrs. Lynch does. She has a passion for drama and even former pupils including Kate and Jodie return to her after-school drama club.”

Those Longtower pupils who spoke at the competition were Catherine Pierse, Chole Bradley, Cathal O’Connell, Mollie Doherty, Shona McLaughlin, Dayla Yuceler and Jack Ward.