Diocesan Public Speaking Final

On Wednesday 15 November, the diocese held its public speaking final at the Catholic Schools Office which saw 46 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 represent their region.

Students gave animated, entertaining and informative speeches showing themselves to be quite the orators.

Topics for this year’s final included seasons, team work, money, conflict, credibility and resilience.

Students displayed a bright confidence in public speaking and commanding the audience’s attention. The fierceness of the competition was undeniable and was to eventuate in painstaking deliberation by the judging team to find their winners.

“The students’ ability to speak around topics with excellent knowledge of current affairs was very impressive. We have been conducting this competition for around 6 years now and the students continue to grow in their ability to express themselves with great confidence,” said CSO Education Officer, Catherine Murray.

Winners of the public speaking competition are as follows:

Winners Early Stage 1 on the topic of ‘Seasons’

1st- Dane Clarke – St Aloysius Chisholm 

2nd- Charli Molineaux- St Columba’s Adamstown

3rd Indigo Hughes- Our Lady of Victories Shortland

Winners Stage 1 on the topic ‘Team Work’

1st Jess Hart – Holy Family, Merewether Beach

2nd Angel Ngunggutau – St Columban’s, Mayfield

3rd Lucas Merrick – St Peter’s, Stockton 

Stage 2 and 3 had a prepared and impromptu Speech.

Winners Stage 2 – prepared topic ‘Money’; Impromptu speech ‘Conflict’

1st Amelia Said – St Brigid’s, Raymond Terrace

2nd Layla Kostrzewski – St Paul’s, Rutherford

3rd William Harvey –St Joseph’s, Merewether

Winners Stage 3 prepared topic ‘Credibility’; Impromptu speech ‘Resilience’ 

1st- Ryan Hodges- St Paul’s, Rutherford

2nd Ava Buffier –St Mary’s, Scone

3rd Isabella Rousos – St James', Kotara South 

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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