The 'What If' project has always been one of the highlights in the year six calendar, and this year was no exception. The competition acts as a platform for students to develop their persuasive writing skills, but it also provides a stage for the students' voices to be heard on a wide range of subjects that they are passionate to share.
The year six teaching staff were proud of the effort and dedication the students demonstrated while preparing their speeches. As a result, the standard of both the content and delivery of the speeches was very high across the whole year group. This provided the judges with the almost impossible task of selecting three winners from each class, who would then go onto represent their class in the What If final.
On April 19th, the three finalists from each class had the unprecedented task of presenting their speeches to the judges via an online video conferencing call. Still, each student rose to the challenge and delivered some of the best arguments WPS has ever seen.
After a tightly contested competition, the judges spent a long time discussing the merits of each speech. However, after much deliberation, the judges made their final decision before meeting online with the excited finalist again to reveal the top three winners of the first ever online 2020 'What If' Project.
Hassan Asif, in 6D, took the 3rd place prize with an insightful speech on the importance of sleep.
Flora Ward, also in 6D, picked up the 2nd place prize with a creative and thought provoking speech about living in a world where people are without emotions.
But the winner of the 2020 What If Project was awarded to Toleen Nouri, in 6A, with an inspiring and passionate speech about not throwing plastic waste in the ocean.
The experience the finalists and every student will take away with them this year will last long in their memory, and the range of skills they all developed will stand them in good stead when they take their first step into high school.