Middle Years Public Speaking Competition

Posted 04 August 2022
Senior School

At the end of Term 2, Middle Years students showcased their public speaking prowess in the new Middle Years Public Speaking Competition.

As part of the Year 8 pastoral program, students practised using their self-advocacy skills during Mentor sessions. All Year 8 students presented a self-advocacy speech to their fellow classmates throughout Term 2. Their speeches included a broad range of topics, all related to their current concerns, such as school policies, climate change and humanitarian injustices. Each Mentor class selected a winner to represent their cohort in the competition finals. Year 7 students were also invited to participate in a round of semi-finals.

Congratulations to each finalist, representing their respective Mentor classes as outlined below.

  • Ethan Chen: Mr Freesmith Mentor Group
  • Miles Chipperfield: Mr Higgins Mentor Group
  • Andrew Hattingh: Ms Fleming Mentor Group
  • Finn Hillier: Mr Swanson Mentor Group
  • Edward Gartrell: Mr Hromin Mentor Group
  • Siddharth Gautam: Mr Thamm Mentor Group
  • Daniel Latimer: Mr Gill Mentor Group

During the finals, students presented their prepared speeches and performed an additional short-notice speech. In only 15-minutes, finalists created a two-minute speech responding to one of the following topics:

  • A person I admire
  • Winds of change
  • Have a go

All students performed fantastic speeches detailing their love of family, belief in humanity and hope for the future. A particular congratulations to the competition winner, Daniel Latimer, who presented his prepared speech on the topic of inclusive education at St Peter’s College. Daniel also presented an inspiring short-notice speech in response to the prompt “Have a go”.

After winning the event, Daniel shared his prepared speech in the final Muster of Term 2 with the wider Senior School in hope of raising awareness and advocating for inclusive education. Great work Daniel!

Nia O’Loughlin
Coordinator of Public Speaking