Pupils from a Newbury primary school will be going head to head with three others at a public speaking competition in Reading tomorrow night.
St Joseph’s Catholic school, in Newport Road, is taking part in aid agency CAFOD’s Primary Public Speaking Final.
Twelve finalists from the four schools will give talks on the subject of ‘caring for creation and the use of renewable energy’.
The school with the highest score at the end of the night will win a special shield.
Competition organiser Linda Heneghan said: “For weeks now, the children have been learning about ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ letter addressed to every person on the planet, asking us all to protect the earth.
“They’ve been thinking about the important part they all have to play in protecting our common home and focusing on the use of local renewable energy, which not only protects the earth we all share but also helps communities to escape poverty.
“We’re all really looking forward to hearing what these finalists have to say and we wish everyone the very best of luck.”
The judging panel for the event at Reading Borough Council includes the mayor of Reading Mohammed Ayub, councillors, and pastoral area representative Angela Wills.
The competition is part of CAFOD’s Power To Be campaign, which is encouraging more spending on renewable energy.
CAFOD co-ordinator Lynda Mussell said: “Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest and most efficient way to bring power to the poorest communities.
“We would like to say a massive thank you to all these school communities for raising awareness about this important issue and speaking up for safe, reliable, affordable renewable energy which has the power to help families lift themselves out of poverty.”