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Burnt Mill’s young people have learnt how to have their voices heard in a positive way.

Burnt Mill Academy / Wed 8th Jun 2022 am30 07:44am


A GROUP of 50 Year 10 students from Burnt Mill Academy, in Harlow, took part in the Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge after being selected to boost confidence and give them an opportunity to shine.

They spent a day learning how to deliver a well-structured speech.


Hadiya Rehman was selected to represent Burnt Mill in the west Essex regional final alongside 11 other students.

At the event, she performed her speech, Identity, based on identity and discrimination, specifically the discrimination Muslim women face when they wear a hijab.

English teacher Jordane Oso said: “It was amazing to see all 50 students grow in confidence during the day.

“Hadiya was chosen to represent Burnt Mill as her speech was clearly conveyed and well structured. It was not only articulated brilliantly, but conveyed an extremely powerful message. Seeing her preform at the regional final was heart-warming. She did Burnt Mill proud.

“Many students began the day quite nervous and apprehensive. However, by the end of the day every student had delivered a speech to their peers about topics quite personal to them. It was lovely to see how they all supported one another and cheered each other on.

“They learnt how to have their voices heard in a positive way, stage presence and confidence from the challenge.”

All Year 10 students will receive the training later in the school year.

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1 Comment for Burnt Mill’s young people have learnt how to have their voices heard in a positive way.:

Tom Dell
2022-06-08 13:43:28

Well done to Hadiya, the students, Burnt Mill, and the proud parents! Wonderful news.

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