With the continued sponsorship of the Catholic Schools Office and the Catholic Development Fund, the competition was fiercely contested.
Topics included travel, competition, humanity, democracy, greed and unity. Students had no trouble commanding the attention of the audience and presenting their unique ideas to the room with poise and confidence.
Diocesan Chairperson, Niamh Marzol, was once again thrilled with the standard and the enthusiastic way the students embraced the topics.
Adjudicators Peter McNair and Liz Bugbird, both retired principals from the Department of Education, commended the students and the structure of the competition.
They admire the impromptu dimension of the competition and thoroughly enjoy adjudicating the children’s work.
“The quality of the speeches here today far exceeded our expectations as adjudicators. The students understanding of democracy and unity was especially impressive and their ability to convey that message in such an engaging manner made our decisions very difficult here today” said Peter McNair.
Winners of the Secondary Public Speaking competition are as follows:
Early Stage 1
1st – Braith Punton, St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, Chisholm
2nd – Harry Brennan, St Columba’s Primary School, Adamstown
3rd – Poppy King, St Columba’s Primary School, Adamstown
1st – Ruby Forde, St Columban’s Primary School, Mayfield
2nd – Callum Doherty, St James’ Primary School, Muswellbrook
3rd – Holly Clack, St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, Chisholm
1st – Ruby Vella, Holy Family Primary School, Merewether Beach
2nd – Sienna Williams, Our Lady of Victories Primary School, Shortland
3rd – Aiden Collison, St Joseph’s Primary School, Taree
1st – Stephanie Sargent, St Columba’s Primary School, Adamstown
2nd – Lachlan Monks, Holy Name Primary School, Forster
3rd – Lauren O’Neill, St Joseph’s Primary School, Wingham
Thank you to all who attended today, and to those who helped to make the day a successful and positive learning experience for all students involved.