Soroptimist Success for Rainey!



On Thursday 21st November 2019 Honor Graham and Catherine Turkington took part in the annual Soroptimist Public Speaking Regional Competition for Ballymoney and District Area. This is a competition organised annually for girls in year 12 and year 13. The aims of the competition include: “encouraging girls to play a more prominent part in public life” and “encouraging girls to develop the skills to speak effectively and to articulate with clarity.”


The competition requires students to deliver a speech of between four and six minutes in length on a topic they have previously chosen from a list of six possible titles. Honor and Catherine both chose the topic, “Overfed or underfed-a modern day issue!” Even though both girls chose the same topic, they each had their own unique stories and ideas. Both girls delivered fantastic speeches on the night and were a credit to our school.

This year there was a huge turnout and twenty-four pupils from six different schools took part on Thursday night. All twenty four pupils deserve great credit for being able to stand and deliver such interesting and varied speeches. It was an enriching and thought-provoking night for everyone in the audience who had the chance to listen to such well-prepared speeches on a wide range of topical issues.
Well done to Honor and Catherine who prepared diligently for the competition. They put a tremendous amount of work in – researching their topic, collating notes, drafting and re-drafting their speeches. These girls also gave up many lunch times to edit their speeches, time their speeches and rehearse their delivery. The whole Rainey community are very proud of Honor and Catherine!

We are also delighted to announce that Catherine Turkington was placed first on the night and she will go on to represent Ballymoney and District at the Northern Ireland Final which will be held on Saturday 8th February 2020 in Hillsborough, County Down.

Congratulations also to the two pupils from St Mary’s Grammar School who were placed second and third. And of course congratulations to all the competitors who took part – it is a brilliant achievement to be able to speak effectively and in an engaging manner in front of a crowd of people. One of the Soroptimist members said in true Strictly style that you were all “FAAABUUULOUS” and we say that you all should “KEEEEEP PUBLIC SPEAKING!”

Honor and Catherine proved that hard work, practice and self-belief can lead to success and there is no doubt that our two Rainey girls were fabulous on the competition night. Thanks also to their parents who helped them prepare and supported them throughout. And finally, good luck to Catherine as she embarks on the Northern Ireland Final! We are confident that Catherine will continue to be FAAABUUULOUS and it’s a ten from us!