Declamations’ Finals’ Evening
The finalists have been announced for our Declamations’ Finals’ Evening in Kalendar Hall on Thursday 29th November from 7pm.
All parents are invited to watch the children perform, but we would particularly encourage the parents of the finalists to attend. The evening will commence at 7pm and finish at 8.45pm. There will be a short interval between the Lower Years and Upper Years performances. If parents of Lower School (Y3-5) would like to take their children home after the interval that is absolutely fine. I will ask for the winner and the two runners up to be announced, then you can leave before the second half commences, if you would like to.
This year the competition will be judged by Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell. Dr Willis’ and Professor Daybell’s podcast, Histories of the Unexpected, is broadcast on Dan Snow’s History Hit channel. The series has also been turned into a book of the same name – a signed copy of which will be given to the two winners. Dr Willis is an honorary research fellow at the University of Plymouth with an expertise in naval history and marine archaeology. He worked on the Hornblower television series and on the Channel 4 film, Shackleton, and presented the BBC 4 film, Nelson’s Caribbean Hell Hole. Professor Daybell is professor of early modern history at the University of Plymouth and author of eight books including Women Letter-Writers in Tudor England.
The third judge will once again be our own Sally Sedgman, great friend to the School and celebrated raconteuse.
There will be two winners: one in the Lower Years category (Y3-Y5) and one in the Upper Years category (Y6-Y8) and two runners up in each category.
Ms Emma Cox
Head of English and Drama