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Senior Declamation Finals 2019

30 January 2019


The eagerly awaited final of the Senior Declamations Competition took place in Centenary Hall on Tuesday 29 January. This year Caldicott was pleased to welcome Mrs E Hungin, Caldicott School Governor to adjudicate and pick the final winners.

The evening marks the culmination of a process that starts with every boy from the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Form learning their chosen piece by heart and declaiming to his classmates. 24 finalists, from the top four year groups, delighted the audience with a range of performances.  Some were perennial favourites, such as Rudyard Kipling's If and The road not taken by Robert Frost; some were new discoveries and adaptations, such as Kurt Vonnegut's letter to Xavier High School and a thrilling extract from The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness

All finalists performed very well, with excellent delivery, feeling and talent; it was very hard to choose the winners.

The winning acts certainly showcased the variety of pieces on display: 

  • 3rd Form: Arman FFThe Chicken on my Head by David Jon Martin. 
  • 4th Form: Harry JThe Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
  • 5th Form: George TThis is the Place by Tony Walsh
  • 6th Form: Lucas PMark Anthony’s Speech (Julius Caesar) by William Shakespeare

Mrs Hungin decided that the evening's overall champion was George T, who gave such a powerful performance in the 5th Form final.  She also gave special recognition to Arthur D of the 4th Form, whose performance of Shylock's speech from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, was emotive and accomplished.

Congratulations to all the boys who took part. It was an exceptional evening.

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Senior Declamations Final at Caldicott