Moreton girls had a successful day at the Cheshire Festival of Speech and Drama on the 11th of May, winning eight 1st places and trophies. Twenty-six girls took part and all performed well, including those participating for the first time. Support from the girls and parents was excellent.
Winners of trophies were:
- Morgan Darcy Rees-Deacon came first in Verse Speaking (12-13) and won the James Golding Trophy
- Martha Stewart came first in the Verse Reading Recital (13 and under) and won the Walker Trophy
- Morgan Darcy Rees-Deacon came first in the Bible Reading (13-14) and won the Crewe Motor Company Trophy
- Eliza Kiel came first in the Bible Reading (11-12) and won the Mary Connerty Memorial Trophy
- Mary Richardson came first in the Poetry Reading Recital (14+) and won the Meanwood Trophy
- Eliza Kiel and Halcyon Gaynor came first in the Duologues (12 and under) and won the Barley Trophy
- Louisa Hunter and Helen Norman came first in the Duologues (15 and under) and won the Brook Trophy
- Mary Richardson came first in the Bible Reading (15+) and won the Traverse Newton Trophy
A parents perspective by Deborah Rees Deacon:
The nerves started to build as the days edged nearer to this year’s Cheshire Festival Event. As the day arrived the sun was shining and the drive through the scenic countryside to Crewe was a nervous yet focused one, interspersed by the odd dramatic outburst of Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum Est.
As my daughter and I arrived at Ruskin Sports College, alongside the other 25 girls from Moreton, the nerves reached a crescendo as the reality of what lay ahead confronted all those present. For me as a parent, these events are filled with fascination, anticipation and excitement, feelings clearly shared amongst the strong support from the other Moreton parents who attend these events.
Each and every performance by ‘our’ girls, especially those first timers, left us feeling a mixture of both pride and relief, as our nerves and emotions were catapulted along each 'reader's journey with uplifting Biblical readings through to powerful poems of love and war, and finally to 'what teachers wear in bed?’
Luckily when it all got too much for both parents and girls alike, there was the ‘steady hand’ of Miss Halsall-Williams to guide and advise us all, whilst concurrently ensuring that these events run like clockwork.
As ever the girls excelled as success after success was recorded, and as the day ended and we said our exuberant farewells, having achieved eight first places, and a plethora of seconds and thirds, I felt the strong emotions of pride and reassurance within me. Pride at seeing these young women articulate, with such confidence and belief. Reassurance that the skills and experiences that ‘our’ girls are gaining through such events and through the full ‘Moreton Experience’ will hold them in such good stead for the future, no matter what path life leads them on.
Needless to say the drive home was much more serene!