Orators Club- The Journey So Far…
Everything great typically starts with ink on paper, and Orators club is no exception. The club was birthed on a fundamental concept that tapped into the general advantages of our students, and after a year, we have not lost sight of our objectives, mission and vision statement.
It is safe to say that the club has been on a remarkable journey since its inception in January 2022— founded to provide a platform for individual students to develop and hone their public speaking skills, listen attentively; think from an analytical stance and speak articulately, the club has grown and evolved over this one year to become one of the most respected and successful clubs of its kind in the school.
Orators Club’s journey is one of passion, grit, and commitment, as well as a testimony to the value of effective communication and inclusion. The club has given its members a friendly and demanding atmosphere to develop their skills and acquire confidence in all spheres of their academic life through regular meetings and competitive events.
Here is the journey so far…
Orators Club, like many school clubs, had a humble beginning, albeit this one started surprisingly with quite a number of students who shared a common interest and wanted to explore it further.
The club’s first order of business was to enrol new members, which was a meticulous process in and of itself designed to establish a precedent that Orators club placed a premium on the seriousness and unwavering dedication of its members.
Membership started from year four all the way up to secondary. To join, a student had to pick up forms, carefully fill them out with reasons why they should be in the club, and then have their parents, their class teacher, and a member of administration sign them before moving on to the next and final stage, thus vetting.
Although the club did not intend to disqualify any students because of their academic performance, we made sure to emphasize it because it enabled the club to identify which students needed extra support with their studies and which ones could handle additional club work and responsibilities.
ORATORS VERBA INITIATIVE (OVI)
The Verba Initiative is one of Orators Club’s pilot initiatives. The club aims to nurture students who are expressive and eloquent, which we can all agree implies reading broadly and having an extensive vocabulary.
Thus, the Verba Initiative is the club’s tactic to promote and encourage reading in its members. Members are required to find two new words each day that is, Monday to Friday. They are equally tasked to form two sentences each using the new words.