Students at The King’s School, Tudor House recently competed in the much anticipated 2019 Public Speaking Competition finals. Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 all participated in this annual competition with finalists taking to the stage on Thursday, 26 September, overcoming their fears and mastering their public speaking abilities.
At each stage of the morning’s proceedings, judging was facilitated by one teacher, either Mr Deck, Mrs Hayman or Ms Davis, (one per Stage), alongside Mrs Trish Symonds, a local educator with vast adjudicating experience in Public Speaking and Debating. The format for the finals of the Public Speaking Competition was arranged in sections: Stage One (Kindergarten – Year 2), Stage Two (Years 3 and 4) and Stage Three (Years 5 and 6).
As the competition began, students, along with friends and families, watched on eagerly as prepared speeches were delivered with confidence. The Stage Three students presented both a prepared and one minute impromptu speech (with only 20 minutes to think of ideas). The impromptu topics included: the ultimate sandwich, grandparents, my first book, and who I’d most like to meet. This provided the students with the opportunity to communicate about issues with limited time to prepare, mirroring what occurs in many real life public speaking situations. The Stage Three students managed this impromptu section with customary self-assurance.
“It was a great day, for we saw our Tudor House students stepping outside their comfort zones and building resilience, while bravely speaking in front of their friends and families,” said Mrs Anni Sandwell, Head of School at The King’s School, Tudor House.
Tudor House congratulates not only the finalists, but each student, for the amazing standard set at this competition.