The students received their topic on the day and had between 30 minutes to one hour to prepare. Students in Stage 2 & 3 also presented an impromptu speech for which they had ten minutes to prepare.
Adjudicators Peter McNair, Liz Bugbird and Jo Potts were very impressed with the high standard on display. Peter McNair claimed that the winner of the Stage 3 competition, Oliver Knaebler-Flynn from St Columbans in Mayfield, delivered the best speech he had ever adjudicated.
Congratulations to all the students who took part.
Pictured are: Niamh Marzol, Principal at St James' Primary School, Muswellbrook (and Coordinator of the competition) with the three students from St James' who represented the Upper Hunter at the competition, Meg Haylen, Eve Howard and Bai Dever (who placed second in the Early Stage One level of the competition).