The champion of the 2013 Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge, Nosawaru Ihama, gave her school’s library a spectacular revamp with the prize money she received for winning the competition.
With the help of her English teacher, Robin Ware, she invested the £3,000 prize money to develop an accelerated reading programme for students at Trinity School Belvedere in Bexley.
Nosa said, “I’m so pleased that our school now has the accelerated reading programme. I’ve seen it really helps our students. It’s great that we’ve done something to help.”
The accelerated reader programme facilitates an average of two years reading age growth in just one academic year while promoting reading for pleasure. Through the purchase of both computer technologies and a huge selection of new reading materials, Nosa’s investment will benefit students at Trinity for years to come!
Nosa wowed the judges in front of a 900 strong audience at last year’s Grand Final, held at the Southbank Centre with her speech ‘The Significant Step’ about her step dad Fred. The speech now decorates the walls in her school in the form of a plaque to inspire others to achieve.
Chief Judge Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service, said “I was hugely impressed with the high standard of public speaking from all the young people. Nosawaru’s speech was particularly impressive and she is a deserving winner of the competition. The ‘Speak Out’ Challenge was a great event to have been a part of and I congratulate all the students who participated in the programme.”
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