On 16 November 2017, six pupils represented St. Mary’s in the regional heat of the Soroptimist International Public Speaking Competition in Ballymoney.
Soroptimist is an international organisation which encourages girls to play a more prominent part in public life and develop their ability to speak publicly with confidence and clarity.Each participant was tasked with speaking for six minutes on a topic from a prescribed list. All six girls were wonderful ambassadors for St. Mary’s, with Cate Bateson being awarded first place for her speech on the popular topic: “Every generation has had its problems - what’s in store for me?” It was a night of double delight for St. Mary’s as Roise Pelan was awarded third place for her speech on the topic: “What does Brexit mean for young people?”
Cate now proceeds to the Northern Ireland Final which will be held in Hillsborough in February 2018. We wish her every success.