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Talking up a storm

 The  Model UN Team

 

Jeppe boys showed, once again, that they aren’t afraid to have their say, excelling in inter school competitions in both debating and public speaking.

The debating team entered several new competitions this year and progressed through several rounds in the competitions in various debating leagues and formats.

The boys competed in two mini-Model UN debates, in which they tackled issues surrounding human rights abuses, the world refugee crises and the State of International security. Model UN requires a keen knowledge of current affairs, and research into the domestic and foreign policies of countries.

The boys certainly mastered those skills. They won the trophies as best delegation and best speakers in both events. That put them into the National Model UN conference at Wits in September, where they won first place trophies for the best position paper (Norway) in the UN Energy Committee and best delegation (Brazil) in the United Nations Development Committee.

In the first two terms the senior first and second teams, and the juniors, took part in two extremely competitive events – The SACCEE and Atheneum Debating Leagues. The first team made Jeppe history, by making it to the final stages of the SACCEE provincial championships, winning 9 out of 14 debates and placing Jeppe in the top 12 debating schools in Gauteng.

In term 3 the senior and junior teams were invited to the select Gauteng Provincial Schools Debating Championship, where they both won three out of six debates before being knocked out.

There has been tremendous growth in the debating teams. They learnt a tremendous amount and adapted to different styles of debating. Jeppe High School for Boys is looking forward to a fantastic season in 2019.

The public speakers were not far behind. 2018 saw a significant rise in both the number of boys participating as well as the number of events they competed in.

The year started off with the Speech and Drama College High School Public Speaking Festival, where two teams from each grade participated in top quality speech evenings, with many receiving A+ symbols.

In the second term, the learners participated in several categories of the Speech and Drama Schools festival, including, for the first time, the category for “Great Speeches of our Past” and “Dramatic Monologue”. Jeppe received high praise for both.

The boys improved greatly in speaking style, and Jeppe received many accolades including prestige and gold certificates, as well as the Trophy for best senior individual prepared speech by Jonathan Bosch.

They have kept up to date with speaking techniques by holding internal termly Speech evenings, where they were judged and given feedback by several esteemed judges of the Johannesburg Public Speaking Guild. They are encouraged to express their thoughts and opinions on any topic, and we have heard some incredibly personal, funny and informative speeches.

We look forward to the continued growth in numbers and strength of ability in the Jeppe High School for Boys Public Speaking fraternity.

– Sashquita Northey – teacher in charge of Public Speaking and Debating