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Stuart s Unforgettable Experience

After he had finished his GCSE exams, Stuart Dunlop travelled to Rwanda with a group from local Methodist churches to work with people affected by the 1994 genocide as part

of the Peacekeeping, Healing and Reconciliation Programme.

They also assisted people with HIV and Aids as well as running holiday clubs for children in very poor communities.

Stuart said: “We taught the children basic English and new craft skills. We travelled around the country visiting genocide sites as well as a refugee camp on the Congolese border. These were unforgettable experiences which were sometimes quite difficult to handle but also very moving. Despite our very basic living conditions, the people were very friendly and I feel privileged to have visited their country.”

STUART (FAR LEFT) AT A YOUTH GROUP JUST OUTSIDE KIGALI

Congratulations..

..to Joe Ruston who raised £1,000 for the charity ‘Promise Dreams’ when he braved horrendous conditions and heavy rain to scale Mount Snowdon. The weather was so bad, it took seven hours for Joe to reach the summit.

Academy Public Speaking Competition

The first Annual Academy Public Speaking Competition was held at Madeley Academy in December.

The brainchild of TTS student Annalisa Parrino, the competition is open to teams of Year 7, 8 and 9 youngsters from our family of schools and the inaugural event saw TTS, Madeley and Sandwell Academies compete for the trophies.

The students talked on a range of subjects including a speech on MPs’ expenses

entitled ‘What a Flippin’ Cheek’ as well as teen problems such as bullying and growing up too soon.

Annalisa, a big fan of public speaking, used all her own persuasive speaking skills to get her idea off the ground. She even produced a guide to help participants write their speeches and assisted at the event.

OVERALL WINNERS - YEAR 9 TTS TEAM PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT WITH MR MICHAEL MARCHANT, HEAD OF EDUCATION AT THE MERCERS’ COMPANY, GRACE KENDRICK, REBECCA PUGH AND LAUREN MORGAN

Public Speaking Coach, Mr John Birkett said: “We were lucky to have support from local Rotary Clubs experts who run public speaking events for older students. Telford Centre Rotary Club sponsored trophies for

ALICE KEAY (CENTRE) BEST SPEAKER FROM THOMAS TELFORD SCHOOL WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE YEAR 7 TEAM - PAVANDEEP SANGHA (LEFT) AND BRENDAN O’KEEFFE (RIGHT) WITH DEPUTY HEAD, MR MARK HUDSON.

the Best Speaker from each school and The Mercers’ Company provided a bright new trophy - The Mercers’ Shield - for the overall winners.”

Success in Public Speaking Competition

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