Students compete in speeches
On September 7, four O¯ poutere School students participated in the annual Thames Valley speech competition hosted by the Thames Lions Club.
Students Maisie Dyer and Viola Hammond competed in the Year 5 and 6 section and Lola Anderson and Lily Honeycombe competed in the Year 7 and 8 section. Maisie took first place and Viola second place overall in their section against 15 other students from across the Thames Valley district. Lola and Lily competed against a strong group of 22 senior students placing well and with all four students placings combined O¯ poutere School took out the overall school win.
“I felt good about my speech but I didn’t expect to place,” Maisie said. “I was amazed, it was fun and I was so happy that our school won overall as well.”
“This was only the second year we have sent students along to compete in this competition and we were absolutely thrilled by the standard of their speeches,” Principal Jethro Dyer said. “Thank you to the Thames Lions Club for sponsoring and organising this annual event. It is a great chance for students to showcase their speeches beyond the classroom to a wider audience.
“Winning the overall school cup was a great achievement for our students and we are so proud of their efforts.”
O¯ poutere School acknowledged senior teachers Mrs Webb and Mrs Kennings for providing an opportunity for the students to learn how to write and present speeches at a competitive level. The speech competition is now on the annual calendar and we look forward to competing again next year.
Maisie Dyer, Viola Hammond, Lola Anderson and Lily Honeycombe from O¯ poutere School.