Diocesan Secondary Schools Public Speaking Competition 2019

Around 70 students from Year 10 to 11 from secondary schools across the Diocese attended this year’s Diocesan Secondary Schools Public Speaking Competition.

The day was attended by students from St Joseph’s High School, AberdeenSt Pius X High School, AdamstownSt Paul’s Catholic College, Booragul; St Bede’s Catholic College, ChisolmSt Mary’s Catholic College, Gateshead; St Joseph’s College, Lochinvar; San Clemente High School, Mayfield; St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton; St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton; All Saints’ College, Maitland and St Clare’s High School, Taree.

Students were required to deliver both impromptu and prepared speeches, with students given five minutes to prepare their impromptu speeches.

The speech topics on the day included:


  • Year 7 - If I were a character in a book/movie, I would be…
  • Year 8 - If I had three wishes, they would be…
  • Year 9 - The importance of teamwork
  • Year 10 - Make a difference – celebrate diversity!
  • Senior - In society today, has privacy become a luxury?


  • Years 7/8 - I dream a future                                            
  • Years 9/10 - What happiness means to me
  • Senior - The most important lesson in my life so far          

The winners of the Secondary Public Speaking Competition from each year group were:

The champion school for the day was All Saints’ College, Maitland.

A big thank you to the adjudicators of the day, who come from a variety of Toastmasters Clubs across the Hunter and Central Coast, including:

  • Trevor Mcilveen   
  • Marc Walters
  • David Heggart 
  • Janelle Pratten 
  • Jackie Bartley
  • Michelle Richards
  • Brian Prior
  • Dorothy Pinder

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Christine Chapple

Christine Chapple is Education Officer (Secondary Curriculum) at the Catholic Schools Office
and an experienced teacher of senior students.