Stu­dents talk­ing loud and clear

The Free Press (Corowa) - - NEWS - BY SARAH DEAN

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.

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