Primary Public Speaking Competition

The quality of the speeches at this year’s Primary Public Speaking Competition was so amazing in terms of the presentation, structure and content that everyone was a winner.

This because students in kindergarten to Year 6 from across the Diocese impressed the adjudicators with their knowledge of current affairs and the way they clearly articulated values in their speeches.

For the record, the winners of this year’s competition were:

Early Stage 1 – Topic “Kindness”

1st Place - Harper Hughes (St Columba’s, Adamstown)

2nd Place - Henry Barnett (St Patrick’s, Lochinvar)

3rd Place - Lillian Argent (St James’, Muswellbrook)


Stage 1 - Topic ‘Getting Along’

1st Place - Jack Slater (St Catherine’s, Singleton)

2nd Place - Charlotte Parker (St Michaels’, Nelson Bay)

3rd Place - Abbey Bennett – (St Joseph’s, Taree)


Stage 2 Prepared Speech Topic – ‘Conflict Resolution’ / Impromptu Topic ‘Character Strengths’

1st Place - Emily Simpson (St Joseph’s, Merewether)

2nd Place - Joshua Fenton (St Paul’s, Rutherford)

3rd Place - Lylah Darcy (Holy Name, Forster)


Stage 3 Prepared Speech Topic – ‘Wellbeing’ / Impromptu Topic ‘Character Strengths’

1st Place - Anna Saju (St Joseph’s, Taree)

2nd Place - Molly Boyle (St Joseph’s, Merewether)

3rd Place - Amelia Said (St Brigid’s, Raymond Terrace)

A thank you to Niamh Marzol who once again organised the Diocesan Competition.  We appreciate her passion for public speaking and the commitment she has to running this competition over many years. 

A thank you to all the regional mangers including Charlene Reid, Diane Murphy, Peter Green, Joanne Trotter, Jenna Maughan and Niamh Marzol.

Thank you also to our MC for the day, Catherine Murray, for her support and encouragement of all students.

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Suzanne Fern

Suzanne is the Head of Teaching & Learning Services at the Catholic Schools Office.