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On Sunday, 5 March, Holy Trinity Catholic and Church of England School, Barnsley hosted a Catenian Public Speaking Competition. This was the fourth time that the school has hosted the competition which is organised by local Catenians for Years 11 and 12 pupils in Catholic Schools in their Province, which includes Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

  The photograph below shows the contestants along with Tony Deighton, Director of Province 3 and Chairman of the organising committee, on the far left, and on the right David Rowley, National President of the Catenian Association and Anna Dickson, Acting Headteacher of the school.

  Each contestant has to speak for 4 minutes on a topic which they have chosen from a given list of 15.  The competition, which was won last year by Notre Dame in Sheffield, was won by Eve Rooney (in the centre behind the trophies) who attends Notre Dame Catholic 6th Form College in Leeds.  Her chosen topic was ”The voting age for young persons, in the UK, should be 16 years of age”.  She now goes forward to the Finals at Manchester in September.

  Eve was presented with a cheque for £100 and the Mary Neal Trophy, which was donated by the late Dr Frank Neal in memory of his wife, Dr Mary Neal.