Con­fi­dent kids speak up

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

THE City of South Perth hosted its an­nual Speak with Con­fi­dence Awards last month.

The awards are open to stu­dents in years 6 and 7 from lo­cal pri­mary schools within the City.

Now in its 21st year, the awards aim to in­crease the con­fi­dence and poise of mid­dle school stu­dents and fo­cus on how they can clearly ex­press their opinions and ideas.

The stu­dents choose their top­ics, write their speeches and then de­liver them to three judges and an au­di­ence com­pris­ing teach­ers and fam­ily mem­bers.

From the 18 stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions, six stu­dents were se­lected by the panel of judges to present their speech in the fi­nals held later that evening.

The speeches pre­sented in­volved a wide range of in­ter­est­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and in­for­ma­tive top­ics, from home­less­ness to world lead­ers. The judges were faced with an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to de­ter­mine the six fi­nal­ists and an even tougher job in judg­ing the fi­nal.

The six fi­nal­ists per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally well in front of a crowd of around 100.

First place win­ner Jack Alexan­der, from Kens­ing­ton Pri­mary School, im­pressed the judges with his in­sight­ful speech about sus­tain­able use of the en­vi­ron­ment and con­serv­ing our trees – “Let’s Stop Cut­ting & Start Sav­ing”.

The other fi­nal­ists were Mad­di­son Pad­dock and Lu­dovici Pace, both from Como Pri­mary School, and Lily Parker, from Man­ning Pri­mary School, who were con­grat­u­lated for their ex­cel­lent speeches and mak­ing the fi­nals.

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