Students talking loud and clear
Students from around the region descended on Corowa Public School recently for the NSW Department of Education’s Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking competition.
Each student had a prepared speech and two minutes to plan an impromptu speech.
Mulwala Public School’s James Frazer, 10, was the winner in the Year 5 and 6 impromptu speech section.
James has been involved in public speaking since grade three and made it through to the recent Lions Club speaking competition in Yarrawonga.
His plan for impromptu speeches is to draw an idea bubble and around the bubble write down the main points to cover and then elaborate on them.
“Impromptu speeches are the hardest be- cause you are thinking on-the-spot and you have to think about how to introduce each of the main points you want to cover,” he said.
“I like the prepared speeches better because I get to rehearse them.”
The topic for the impromptu speech for the Year 5 and 6 section was holidays.
Students talked about everything from their memories of past holidays to places they hope to one day visit.
Highly commended in the category was Kira Dickie, 11, from Deniliquin North Public School.
Adjudicator Anne Ovens from the NSW Department of Education had a few tips for the students after announcing the winner and highly commended in the impromptu speeches for the Year 5 and 6 section.
“When it comes to an impromptu speech, half of that speech should be about informa- tion and the other half should be opinion,” she told the students.
“Keep getting information from a variety of sources like your family, friends and the internet.
“More thought needs to go to the start and finish of your speeches and, now this is a big one, your voice should match the size of the room you are in, so push your voice.”
Students were judged on their manner – how they used their body language and how that matched their speech; matter – what they said and method – the structure of their speech.
Winner of the impromptu speeches in the Year 3 and 4 section was Matilda Dickie, 9, from Deniliquin North Public School.
Matilda is sister to Kira who took out highly commended in the older section.
Meanwhile, Kayla Dawson, 9, was awarded highly commended in the Year 3 and 4 section.
The winning students in the prepared and impromptu speeches will move onto the next round – regional finals in August.
James Frazer, 10, Kira Dickie, 11, Kayla Dawson, 9, and Matilda Dickie, 9, chat about their great results in the NSW Department of Education’s Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking competition.
Corowa Public School’s Remy Longmire takes to the stage during her speech.