CHILDREN from two Test Valley schools wowed the judges when they took part in a competition to speak about issues which affected them.

Hampshire Collegiate School and Romsey School shone through with their performance in the Rotary Club of Romsey Test’s Youth Speaks competition held in Romsey Town Hall’s Council Chamber.

They were participating in a preliminary heat of Rotary’s national competition where only one team from the intermediate and senior categories could progress to the next round.

The teams presented their topics formally to a large audience of Rotarians and guests.

Each team consisted of a chairperson, speaker and proposer of vote of thanks with their presentation followed by questions from the audience.

Romsey Test Rotary Club President Neill Duncan said that he was “impressed by all the teams’ choice of topics and their thoughtful and entertaining delivery”.

Romsey School were announced as winners of both seniors and intermediate categories.

The intermediate team consisted of James Roland, Catherine Maxwell and Rebecca Desouza who presented “Who do we think we are – what it is to be British?”

Anna Robinson, Max James and Elizabeth Hutchinson presented “Why can’t we say what we mean?” for the senior team.

The next round of the national competition will be on February 10 at Test Valley School, Stockbridge.