Changing Minds Public Speaking Competition 2014

Congratulations to Form Four pupils Rebekah Wilson and Katie Wheatley who represented Grosvenor with distinction at the 2014 ‘Changing Minds Public Speaking Competition’, held to mark ‘World Mental Health Day’ on Friday 10th October.

Katie and Rebekah spoke for eight minutes on the topic; ‘Mental Illness: Would you keep it a Secret?’ and although they did not win they performed superbly, especially given that they were competing at their first ever public speaking event.

In recognition of their impressive performances the girls received a trophy and a certificate for the School, as well as Victoria Square vouchers for themselves.

The competition, staged at FARSET International on the Springfield Road, is held every year to recognize World Mental Health Day.  It was attended by a number of Schools including St Dominic’s, representatives of organizers the Belfast Trust and members of various support groups who formed the audience, while the judging panel was made up of a Senior Social Worker in Mental Health, a psychiatrist and one other.

Grosvenor has been victorious at the event twice in the past but this year the event was won by St Mary's Christian Brothers School, Belfast. 

Well done to all concerned who helped to make the day so worthwhile, as well as Grosvenor teacher Mrs Cheryl Sullivan whose attendance made the School’s involvement possible.

Grosvenor pupils Rebekah Wilson (centre left) and Katie Wheatley receive their trophy from Dr Grainne Donaghy of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, as well as a representatvie from the Belfast Social Trust, at last week's 'Changing Minds Public Spekaing Competition'