Utterly delighted to say, all our finalists had a great stage presence. Not only did they articulate well, their use of body language, facial expression and the space of the stage was also truly remarkable; schoolmates cheered to support one another; verse speakers all had their own style to deliver the meaning of the piece; duologue actors were fantastic and creative entertainers; prose readers acted the different voices distinctively with energy and passion; public speakers, in particular, demonstrated maturity and sophistication well beyond their years; and our beloved and honourable adjudicator Dr Gary Harfitt offered our boys words of gold which are even more valuable than the certificates that the participants earned in the end; the audience engaged so well in the different sessions held in the School Hall yesterday - all these added together to make our Gala this year sparkling, magical and wonderful.
I thank all our English teachers who trained our boys so hard and so well so that they could be on stage and be able to get out of their comfort zone and deliver their performances in the best possible way; I thank our honourable adjudicator this year Dr Gary Harfitt for his generosity, sincerity, thoughtfulness and professionalism as he adjudicated at the event and spoke to the audience at the end of each session; I thank the School Headmistress Mrs Lam for enjoying herself throughout the three sessions and that gave us tremendous support; and I thank our boys whose engagement into the event and seriousness in preparing for their work were superbly exemplary.
We all think that learning a language, we have to live it and live in it. So, what better can we ask for than having the Speech Gala year after year which is a perfect demonstration that we learners of English have the heart to experience and explore this beautiful language by engaging in it in a festive, celebrative and joyous manner?
Well done and proud of you boys of wonder!
Dr H C Lee
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