Learning to speak passionately
24 May 2018

Learning to speak in public is a learned skill. Many opportunities are given within the classroom to present in front of peers but there are many students who take the challenge to develop this skill further by participating in inter-school public speaking competitions.

Term 2 has seen five students participate in WYNSPEAK. Now in it’s 13th year, WYNSPEAK has grown to include competitors from 34 schools in the west of Melbourne. Each year the quality improves, and our students are no exception. This year Conor Barnes 10D, Carly Gauci 11H and Gabrielle Matthieu 12F competed in the senior section. Ashley Griffiths 8M and Sarah Sherwood 9P performed in the junior section. This event involved both prepared and short notice speeches. Sarah Sherwood won the Junior Short notice speech in her heat.

“The night of WYNSPEAK was great. It was exciting to deliver the speech that I had been working on and was interesting to see what all the other students did. It was a great experience, which everybody should have.” – Ashley Griffiths

Conor Barnes 10D and Kimberley Harrison 12P competed in the prestigious Ainger Award run by the Rotary Club of Richmond. Conor came third in his heat and proceeded to the finals where he came fourth receiving the Encouragement Award.

We are awaiting notice of which students progress to finals of the WYNSPEAK awards and wish our finalists well.

Finally, two students took part in the Rostrum Voice of Youth competition. Charlotte Morton of 9C and Preetish Choudhary of 7M practiced and performed a speech on a topic provided by VOY. Both prepared well and practiced hard representing the school at their best standard.

All these students are to be congratulated for their hard work preparing and performing. Public Speaking is not easy, but it is an essential skill in life and these students have stepped up to take the challenge.

Catherine Ryan – Public Speaking