Speak Easy 2016

August 19, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Facing off in the annual ‘Speakeasy’ speech competition last night was a selection of Middle and Senior School speech finalists, competing for the winning speechmaking title in their division. This year we also welcomed two speakers from the Boys’ School, Akash Mudaliar and Jack Sandelin, to join the Middle School students.

Organised by Ms JoAnn Wordsworth and the English Department, the competition gave our most talented public speakers the chance to showcase their skills to family and friends with the recently redeveloped Goodfellow Centre providing the perfect venue for the event.

As the students were encouraged to speak about something they are passionate about, the audience heard a range of engaging performances from the light-hearted views on manners and procrastination, to deeper societal issues such as human trafficking and homelessness. Judging was based on their ideas, presentation skills, structure and engagement with the audience.

The College welcomed back Old Collegian, Ms Amelia McVinnie as judge. She was a member of our senior Debating team during her time at the College and Ms McVinnie went on to study a double degree in Law and Arts/Media after leaving College and has spent time working for criminal defence lawyers. She now works with Sky TV. She said she thought each of the speeches was of exceptional quality making the final decision a tough one to make!

Congratulations to Middle School winner, Sam Waldin with a ‘spoken word’ poem on the moving topic of 'Homelessness'. Senior School winner, Natalya Trombitas, spoke persuasively on 'Cliques' and the social hierarchy of teenagers. Both students had strong material and delivered it well.

The audience and fellow speakers alike enjoyed hearing the range of topics and seeing the confidence with which our students delivered their speeches. Well done!

We offer our grateful thanks to Ms McVinnie for taking the time to return to College last night to judge.

Middle School Winner: Sam Waldin
Middle School Finalists: Ava Beca, Sam Waldin, Akash Mudaliar, Thomas Webster, Jack Sandelin, Amelia Elliott, Esther Schubert, Lulu Denholm.

Senior School Winner: Natalya Trombitas
Senior School Finalists: Kenya Ashcroft, Natalya Trombitas, Selena Chen

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