Young or­a­tors lauded

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

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.

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