What a great skill it is to speak well and confidently when delivering speeches in public. Research shows strong links between good speakers and good writers. As well as being great writers, Trinity boys love speaking (ask any parent). To harness their love of a chat, Trinity Preparatory School boys wax lyrical about a set subject at the annual Preparatory School Public Speaking Competition.
The 2017 competition was open to all boys in Years 3 to 6 and the topics provided were:
My greatest invention
If I could I’d …
Why I’m glad not to be …
First attempt in learning
Who I am
The world’s getting smaller
What if …?
While Years 3 and 4 boys were given three minutes each to deliver their speech, the time was increased to four minutes for Year 5 and 6 boys.
Students were asked to ensure that their speech communicated ideas, informed, entertained, or persuaded.
With many excellent orators among them, students were encouraged to deliver a well-thought-out, structured speech with a sound introduction, pertinent key points presented in a logical and engaging way, and a well-rounded conclusion. They were asked to save acts, recitations and comedy performances for drama classes!
Preliminary rounds took place in the classrooms with three finalists in each grade chosen to perform their speech at grade meetings. From there, finalists were chosen and they delivered their speeches in front of classmates, teachers and parents. The finalists had the additional pressure of having to prepare a one minute impromptu speech for which they were give just 20 minutes to prepare.
Congratulations to the 2017 Public Speaking Competition finalists for their outstanding oratory presentations. Deputy Master of the Preparatory School, Mr Richard Lever said, “The finalists are to be commended on their confidence and the depth of knowledge demonstrated in their speeches. It was great to see the different approaches from informative and serious, to humorous and light-hearted. The audience was treated to some phenomenal speeches.”
Although the judges had a difficult time making their decision, the following boys were triumphant:
Overall winner - James Kim
Year 6 winner - James Kim
Year 5 winner - Andrew Stone
Year 4 winner - Hugh Darlow
Year 3 winner - Lachlan Yuen
Trinity’s Debating Society give all students the opportunity to pursue Debating, Mock Trial, Public Speaking, Oratory and Mooting. With a proud history of public speaking and debating, Trinity students are regularly chosen to compete in the Lawrence Campbell Oratory competition – the pinnacle of public speaking competitions in NSW. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is amongst previous winners, as is Trinity Grammar School student Alexander Connolly who was victorious in 2015.
For over a century, Trinity has inspired boys to reach their full potential, develop their talents and passions and realise their life’s purpose. We know what boys need to flourish and succeed and we pride ourselves on nurturing each and every boy within the context of a supportive Christian environment.
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