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On Monday 28 April, 16 Home Hill High School year 11 students proudly signed up for the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Programme; an  eight week course which teaches students more about public speaking.  Not only did the course cover how to control ‘stage fright’, it also gave students an education on hand gestures, volume and tone of voice, stance, visuals/props and use of a microphone.  The sessions are held as meetings, where students also get to participate as President, Secretary and Sergeant-at-arms, who then run the lesson each week.  In addition to this, there was also the opportunity to take part as grammarian/gruntmaster (the English expert of the evening), speech evaluator, topicsmaster (the organizer of the impromptu speech topics) and timekeeper (which everyone raced to nominate for).

Toastmasters isn’t only for ‘the smart kids’ or ‘the greatest speakers’, it’s for anyone and is easily the most beneficial course that you could be a part of.  The results are outstanding and it’s always brilliant to see someone smashing a personal goal, like overcoming stage fright.

 - Sophie Loizou