Diocesan Secondary Public Speaking 2017

On Wednesday 21 June, secondary students from across the diocese showed off their public speaking skills at the Diocesan Secondary Public Speaking day.

The day, organised by CSO Education Officers (Secondary Curriculum), Christine Chapple and Carmel Tapley, saw students from St Joseph’s, Aberdeen, San Clemente, Mayfield, St Clare’s, Taree, St Catherine’s, Singleton, St Mary’s, Gateshead, St Pius X, Adamstown, St Peter’s, Maitland, St Paul’s, Booragul, St Francis Xavier, Hamilton and St Joseph’s, Lochinvar present prepared speeches in front of peers and the judges. 

The students were also required to present impromptu speeches where students had five minutes to prepare before presenting. The topics for the speeches were:

  • Year 7 – Laughter is the best medicine
  • Year 8 – The world would be a better place if
  • Year 9 – Today’s teenagers – the world is in good hands
  • Year 10 – The greatest gift we can give others is
  • Senior – The media has a lot to answer for

Winners of the Secondary Public Speaking competition are as follows:

Year 7

  • A division: Patrick Howlett, St Mary’s Gateshead
  • B division: Aston Purdon, St Clare’s Taree

Year 8

  • A division: Olivia Greentree, St Peter’s Maitland
  • B division: Lucy Mexon, St Peter’s Maitland

Year 9

  • A division: Georgia Saad, St Clare’s Taree
  • B division: Erin Meagher, St Mary’s Gateshead

Year 10

  • A division: Summer Harrison, St Pius X Adamstown
  • B division: Jess Law, St Pius X Adamstown


  • Luke Strong, St Clare’s Taree

St Mary’s Catholic College, Gateshead, was the overall champion school.

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.

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Amanda Skehan was the Marketing Team Leader for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and a regular contributor to Aurora and mnnews.today.