Tia Roach, formerly of Penarth’s Welsh-medium school Ysgol Pen y Garth is one of a team of three Ysgol Bro Morgannwg students who’ve beaten competing teams from the best schools in England and Wales to win the English Speaking Union’s Churchill National Public Speaking Competition for Schools
It’s the first time that any school in Wales has ever clinched the ESU’s coveted debating title. In doing so, Ysgol Bro Morgannwg saw-off formidable opposition from many of the top fee-paying schools in England .
The each of the three members of the Ysgol Bro Morgannwg team had specific roles in the contest:-
- Huw Jones (Ysgol Iolo Morgannwg) was the team’s “main speaker” – and carried off the Best Speaker Award
- Team chairman – Twm Aled (Ysgol Iolo Morgannwg) won the Best Chairperson Award
- Tia Roach was the champion team’s “questioner”
Tia’s former school Ysgol Pen-y-Garth, Penarth is a feeder school for Ysgol Bro Morgannwg. The English Speaking Union is an educational body formed to promote and foster the development of English around the world.
The Churchill National Public Speaking Competition for Schools is now recognised as one of the world’s largest and most prestigious events – which this year attracted entries from no fewer than 449 schools . The final took place at Churchill College, Cambridge.