English medium schools all over Gauteng participate in an English Speech Festival once a year. Laerskool Menlopark is one of only a few Afrikaans medium schools that participates in this prestigious event. At this festival, pupils from gr.1-7 have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sections including:
- recital of a prepared poem
- group poetry
- unprepared sight reading and
- unprepared speech
Adjudicators of a very high standard do the judging and certificates varying from gold ++ to bronze are awarded to each pupil.
English public speaking
Pupils are encouraged to prepare a speech on a given topic and present it to a professional adjudicator during the public speaking evening at school.