Wednesday 21st October 2020

International Council Meeting, St Petersburg, Russia

"If you're not comfortable with public speaking - and nobody starts out comfortable; you have to learn how to be comfortable - practice. I cannot overstate the importance of practising. Get some close friends or family members to help evaluate you, or somebody at work that you trust". Hillary Clinton

25th September - 29th September 2019

Oracy Ambassador to attend International Council Meeting

The college community is delighted to learn that Mr Bruce Hicks, Emeritus Director of Music has been invited to be part of the UK delegation to attend the International Council Meeting of the English-Speaking Union later this month to be held in St Petersburg, Russia.

Mr Hicks said, “Archbishop Beck Catholic College has had amazing success at Public Speaking over many years and I will be delighted to meet up with delegates from across the world to investigate new ways, approaches and ideas for our public speakers here at the college” adding “a marvellous cultural programme has also been arranged”.

The college Public Speaking Society has always worked hard, put hours of practise in and have been rewarded with many honours over the years. The new public speaking season will commence in November and will be hosted by Archbishop Beck Catholic College.

ESU background information

The ESU is a charity established by Royal Charter with Her Majesty the Queen as Patron. The former President of the ESU, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh (1957 2012) was succeeded by HRH Princess Anne.

One of the Chairmen of the English-Speaking Union was Sir Winston Churchill.
The current Chairman of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth is Lord Paul Boating.

The English-Speaking Union (ESU) is an international educational charity and membership organisation that brings together people of different languages and cultures in over 50 countries. Through the help of our branches and international ESUs, we run educational programmes, competitions and cultural exchanges to develop confident communicators, critical thinkers and empowered citizens.


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