The Catenians annual Public Speaking Competition is now open and taking entries for 2020.

Organised by the Catenian Association, students are encouraged to talk for four minutes to be in with a chance of winning £100 for themselves, and £100 for their school.

One of the principal aims of the Catenian Association is to advance the interests of young people. In our modern world it is essential that young people equip themselves with the skills to communicate clearly and effectively.

This year's competition will be held on Sunday 29 March at Hagley Catholic High School, Brake Lane, Hagley, Stourbridge, DY8 2XL at 2.30pm.

The suggested list of subjects to choose from for the competition:
1. Is climate change reversible?
2. The dangers of the internet.
3. Being Kind to Nature matters.
4. The value of exercise for your health. 
5. Abortion ends human life.
6. Voting for 16 year olds is debateable.
7. Should the Catholic Church have married Priests and Nuns?
8. What is a vocation?
9. Free speech must be upheld in Universities.
10. Immigration should be controlled.
11. Can Media rule peoples lives?
12. Why are Christians the most persecuted people on earth?

To take part please read the following documents:

List of Subjects

Picture caption: The overall winner of the 2019 competition was Linto Tom, from St Augustine’s Catholic High School, Redditch, who received a certificate and a voucher for £100, and the Catenian Association Shield and £100 for her school.

For more information please email Peter Harrington the Catenians Diocesan Youth Development Officer, or call 01384 392651.

Schools are asked to confirm if they are taking part by Friday 31 January.