Republic Bank launches Right Start Contest 2013: Will the Al Falah School get a Hat Trick?
Primary school teachers across the island are preparing students for the third annual Republic Bank Rightstart Primary Schools’ Speech Contest. The contest officially began on Saturday, 23rd March 2013 with a workshop for the teachers whose schools will be part of this year’s competition.
In her opening remarks, Solange Bruce, Assistant Manager, Marketing & Corporate Communications explained the sessions are to provide participating schools with information and guidelines for participation as they attempt to adequately prepare the students in speech delivery. Ms Bruce said, “Republic Bank is committed to youth development and through this contest, improved language skills, speech delivery and confidence building among the 9-11 age group. ” She added, “After the 2012 contest we received requests from the teachers for a workshop catering specifically to students to better prepare them for the contest and we are delighted that the Sunjet Toastmaters Club eagerly facilitated that request. As such the student’s workshop will be held on Saturday, 6th April 2013.” The 2013 contest begins with preliminaries across three zones on May 13.
Ms Bruce confirmed, “We received calls from teachers from as early as December, enquiring about the upcoming contest, with some schools indicating they had staged contests internally just to prepare their students for the 2013 competition.” She added, “It is very encouraging that the event has been able to generate this much interest and more importantly participation by the schools as we have a record 33 schools entered for this year.”
Republic Bank has been sponsoring the event since 2011. Suleman Ukadia of the Al Falah School won the 2011 and 2012 Speech Contests.