Pupils win speaking contest

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Schoolchildren sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Melton Mowbray and Melton Belvoir are celebrating success at a public speaking competition.

Two teams from Catmose College in Oakham won their respective age categories in the Youth Speaks district semi-finals at Bourne Academy.

The impressive intermediate team addressed the issue of ‘To infinity and beyond’, where they discussed the value of space travel and its importance to the survival of humankind.

The senior team was outstanding, tackling the subject of ‘Boys will be boys’ - a humorous take on why boys underachieve at school and what can be done about it.

The teams will now compete in the district final at Catmose College on March 14.