Destination TEDxManchester for competition finalists

Six Waconians will attend their first-ever TEDxManchester, after perfecting their public speaking skills in CHS’s competition to win tickets to watch the annual speaker conference at The Bridgewater Hall next month.

Challenged to submit a 5-minute presentation script, the 6 winning finalists Izzy, Ollie, Imogen, James, Aminah, and Alexandros were invited to present their own TEDxManchester inspired talk to communicate a topic of their choice to an audience of classmates and teachers.

CHS Academic Enrichment & Oxbridge Co-Ordinator, Mrs Lisa Barfoot said: “The pupils responded to the challenge brilliantly – they had clearly put a lot of effort in to researching what were actually, quite complex and advanced topic areas by using facts and personal stories to engage the audience whilst presenting their ideas. They should be immensely proud of their hard work and I’m sure they will enjoy and be further inspired by the experience of watching TEDxManchester’s incredible line-up of speakers in a few weeks’ time. Well done to you all.”

Hot topics of conversation ranged from gender equality (Aminah in Year 11 posed the question Is Gender Equality Possible whilst Year 9 pupil Imogen discussed The Patriarchy) to gaming (Year 7 pupil Ollie questioned What Makes A Successful Video Game and James in Year 8 looked towards The Future Of Video Games).

Exploring other passions, Year 8 scientist Alexandros asked What Do We Know About Life On Other Planets and Year 7 pupil Izzy spoke candidly about Hip Dysplasia, before they all answered questions about their talks from a supportive audience of Waconian peers.

Congratulations to each of the finalists… who knows? One day we may see you speaking live on stage as part of the TED worldwide network!

Read more about CHS’s partnership with TEDxManchester 2023 here.