Continuous Writing: Writing Speeches for Specific Purposes III.
– Vote of Thanks.
A vote of thanks is a form of speech that is given at the end of such school activities as PTA Meeting, Annual School Sports Day, Welcoming and Sending-off of students and staff, commissioning of school facilities, etc.
Features of Vote of Thanks
- It uses the first person singular pronoun (1)
if you are giving the speech in your own right, or the first person plural pronoun (we) for a speech given on behalf of others.
- It uses emotive language, that is, words that express feelings, and idiomatic expressions.
- It could use light-hearted expressions like jokes and anecdotes to enliven the listeners.
- It is usually proposed by the person hosting the event or his representative.
Format of Vote of Thanks
The vote of thanks has all the features of a speech that you have studied.
In the body of the speech, mention and thank the various persons who have contributed to the success of the occasion or have responded to the invitation by attending. Conclude by wishing all the visitors safe journey back to their destinations.
Read the following speech carefully and criticize it in terms of its adherence to the conventions of speech writing and vote of thanks.
A Vote of Thanks Presented to the Staff and Students of Owerri Girls’ Secondary School by the Senior Prefect, Ada Elekwa, on the Closing Ceremony of the School’s Cultural Day Celebrations at the School’s Quadrangle on Saturday, 7th May, 2011.
The Principal, Owerri Girls’ Secondary School, Owerri,
Respected Members of Staff,
Parents and Guardians here present,
Students of Owerri Girls’ Secondary School,
Ladies and Gentlemen here present.
It is with great joy and immense gratitude to God that I, on behalf of my fellow students, present this vote of thanks on the closing ceremony of our School’s Cultural Week Celebrations. When we look back at the week’s activities, our hearts leap with joy at the success of the week-long activities.
I appreciate our beloved Principal, Mrs. Ngozi Ndu, for her dedication to the welfare of staff and students of this school. The support she gave to the organization of the cultural week, the encouragement that she gave to the organisers of this cultural week cannot be quantified. May God bless her abundantly.
I also express our immense gratitude to the Vice-Principals, the teachers, and other members of staff of the school for their contributions in various ways towards the success of the cultural week.
To my fellow students, you were all wonderful. The sense of dedication you all showed in the practice sessions, the errands many of you ran, the time spent in all the preparations are all shown in the grand and unique displays during the week. Our hearts are filled with joy as we reflect on what we did.
Finally, we will not fail to thank our distinguished guests, our parents and guardians, our friends for coming to watch our displays. We hope that you will leave our School with happy memories. We enjoy having you all with us. May you return to your various destinations safe and sound.
Thank you and God bless you all real good.
Owerri Girls’ Secondary School
Source: Intensive English for SSS2
As the president of your school’s Boys’/Girls’ Guide, write a vote of thanks you will deliver at the end of the State Convention at the end of this month.