2018 Primary Schools Public Speaking Competition

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The 2018 Primary Schools Public Speaking Competition for the Wynnum, Manly, Lota, Tingalpa, Belmont, Hemmant, Wakerley areas culminated in and ward ceremony on 31 October. Thank you to the "Beachfront Runners" for sponsoring the Encouragement Award with $100, presented by David Brekinsale.

This annual competition has become a significant aid to giving local primary school students improved speaking and public speaking skills which will help them with the rest of their academic careers and their social and professional lives. Public Speaking is an important life skill and vocational skill. It is important that it is developed at an early age and a competition such as this gives students goals to aim for which in turn improves their interest, concentration and drive.Six young finalists made impressive speeches at the ceremony, vying for best on the night. The overall competition was decided 26 October with six finalists competing for honours and prizes.  

The competition was initiated in 1978 at the club by the late Harold Armstrong when he was the Principal of the Wynnum North Primary School and has run every year since except 1997 (40 years). 

26 students from public and private and public primary schools entered the competition. most schools will have had internal competitions and training for them involving a wider student base. 

Congratulations to:

  • Runner Up: Jaspen Vinen, Iona College - $100 and a trophy
  • First Place:Lakhsheey Parasuraman, Moreton Bay College (girls) - $120 and a trophy
  • Encouragement Award:Callie Bannister, Manly State School - $100
  • Top three entering the finals, in no particular order:
    • Daniel Human, Gumdale State School - $40 
    • Bailey Nisbett, Moreton Bay Boys College - $40 
    • Aphrodite Vourdousis, Guardian Angels School - $40 
  • People's Choice Award:Callie Bannister - $60 
  • Winning School/Perpetual Trophy: (returned to) Moreton Bay College (girls) through Kylee Phillips

Thanks to the club members who made this happen and the schools and students for participating.

The first finalist, representing Moreton Bay College, wasLakhsheeny Parasuraman, speaking on I still have a dream,elaborating on the Martin Luther King theme.

The second finalist Bob invited to speak was,Danielle Human from the Gumdale State Primary School, to present her talk entitled AFL.- quoting AFL sucks!

Callie Bannister, our third finalist, represented Manly State Primary School and her topic was entitled, Why was I not born a Guy.and she has brothers!

Our fourth finalist from Iona College, was Jasper Nivenspeaking on Technology of the Future.including a reference to assisted and rehabilitative technology.

The fifth finalist, Bailey Nisbet, attends Moreton Bay BoysCollege, and he chose as his topic Music,adding Music is a huge part of our lives!

Aphrodite Vourdousis, from the Guardian AngelsCatholic Primary School was the last finalist to speak. Her topic, Why Cantis not a Word.Instead, saysure, Ill give it a go!

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