Dallam Students Are Victorious at Kendal Rotary Competition

Four Year 9 students from Dallam School were victorious in the first heat of the annual ‘Youth Speaks’ competition at Stonecross Manor in Kendal, while three further Year 10 Food Technology students participated in the Young Chef of the Year heats at Kendal College. The competitions are run annually by the Rotary Club. 


Three teams took part; the other two teams were from Queen Katherine School. Hannah Bradshaw spoke for 6 minutes about a topic of her choice ‘Gender equality in sports in schools’, spontaneously answering a question posed by a member of the Rotary Club. Hannah spoke passionately and confidently throughout. She secured an additional award for being ‘Best Main Speaker’ whilst Erin Lewis-Lennon also secured an additional award for being ‘Best Chairperson’. Her role was to run the meeting and give a two-minute introductory speech. Emily Doran’s role was to give a two-minute thank you speech to Hannah, on behalf of the audience, also summarising key points from Hannah’s speech and commenting on how well Hannah had answered the question posed by the Rotary Club member. All four girls have worked diligently through Monday and Friday lunchtimes for the past two months as well as spending many hours working on their parts at home.


Three Year 10 students Caitlin James, Livia Blackwood and Maya Schofield, spent their evening at Kendal College at the Rotary Club Young Chef of the Year first heat. The girls produced some delicious food to a tight brief. They were asked to prepare a 3 course meal for 2 people over 2 hours only for a maximum budget of £20. No mean feat! Maya concentrated on a chargrilled chicken dish, Livia used steak as her main and Caitlin produced a Korean dish – a favourite of hers. Maya made it through to the next heat at The Lakes School in February 2019. Mrs Taylor, Teacher of Food Technology said “They all deserved to win, the presentation was out of this world”.

They were all a credit to ‘Team Dallam’ and their teachers Miss Holding (English) and Mrs Taylor (Food Technology). Eryn Holding said “I’m very proud of all of them and I am sure that they will continue to do well!”

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