Young orators lauded
Primary school speech champions from Porirua’s northern suburbs competed in the Parumoana Speech Competition recently.
Speech stars from Papakowhai, Paremata, Discovery, Adventure, Pauatahanui, St Theresa’s and Plimmerton schools gathered at Aotea College for the annual event.
In the year 7 and 8 age group, Discovery School’s Sayla Southee came first, ahead of Austen Rangi (Papakowhai School) and Rebekah Lidgett (Plimmerton School). In years 5 and 6, top honours went to Rosie O’hagan (St Theresa’s), with Aimee Freeman (Adventure) second and Emily Drake (Papakowhai) third.
Prizes for the winners are donated each year by The Rotary Club of Plimmerton. Presenting the prizes, trophies and school cups to the winning contestants, Rotary past president Phillip Reidy said he was overwhelmed by the courage of each contestant and their excellent ability to stand and deliver to an audience.
Toastmaster and chief judge Dale Hartle, of Spinnaker Toastmasters Club in Whitby, praised each speaker for their choice of topic, their standard of delivery and the content of each speech.