Bio­di­ver­sity pop­u­lar speech topic

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

You’d be mis­taken for think­ing you were on the film set of the Dr Seuss movie Lo­max a few weeks ago at Napier’s Na­tional Aquar­ium of New Zealand when Taea South­wick from Bled­soe School won the Hill­mac Elec­tri­cal Ju­nior Speech Con­test.

Her prop was her lov­ingly crafted truf­fula tree, topped with a bright shaggy red tuft, says con­fi­dence coach Anna Coleman. Her speech was en­ti­tled ‘Un­less we Look Af­ter our Bio­di­ver­sity…’.

Ten stu­dents from Nu¯ haka to Have­lock North, spoke on Bio­di­ver­sity in my Back­yard. Af­ter weeks of plan­ning, struc­tur­ing and prac­tis­ing they were cho­sen to rep­re­sent their schools, and the topic proved pop­u­lar.

“The teach­ers loved the topic as much as the stu­dents,” says Nel­son Park se­nior teacher Tracy Mudd.

“I learnt so much from the whole process and about bio­di­ver­sity. We look for­ward to next year’s chal­lenge.”

Caleb Mack­low, from Ma­hora School, was sec­ond with his speech, Hu­man Pol­lu­tion in the Sea. Nu¯ haka School con­tes­tant Wyn­tah Green Thom has been jug­gling speech­mak­ing with chess and is now in the win­ning team that will rep­re­sent Hawke’s Bay in the Na­tional Chess Tour­na­ment. Wyn­tah says she has en­joyed writ­ing and shar­ing her story for the Hill­mac Speech com­pe­ti­tion. Speech mak­ing and de­liv­er­ing are new to her and she was both ner­vous and ex­cited about ac­cept­ing the chal­lenge.

Her speech, The Good, the Bad and the Pocket Money, on the dam­age white but­ter­flies can do, was tied for third place with Quaylo Olsen from Frim­ley School, Hast­ings, whose speech was called Bio­di­ver­sity.

The judge was Josephine Car­pen­ter, a Speech New Zealand ex­am­iner and for­mer di­rec­tor of per­form­ing arts at Woodford House. She ac­knowl­edged the 10 con­tes­tants for their courage in speak­ing, their use of te reo and abil­ity to tell stories and anec­dotes, and their deep un­der­stand­ing of bio­di­ver­sity and the need to pro­tect it.

“It’s a talk, it needs to be talked out, to keep its fresh­ness, not writ­ten out word for word. Stand up tall and speak your truth,” Josephine said.

Chief spon­sor and CEO of Hill­mac Elec­tri­cal Mike Hill said he had found pub­lic speak­ing chal­leng­ing and de­vel­op­ing con­fi­dent com­mu­ni­ca­tors Pub­lic speak­ing skills were im­por­tant in the work­place. Other con­tes­tants were Saraid Mur­phy, Nel­son Park in Napier, Sarah Hansen, Green­mead­ows School, Rosie Or­mond from Sheren­den and Districts School, Is­abella McKeefry from Te Mata School, Ruby Ha­worth from Reignier School and Noah Rogers from Park­vale School.

Taea South­wick from Bled­soe school in Taradale won the Hill­mac Elec­tri­cal Ju­nior Speech Con­test.

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