Junior Speaking Festival
Image (from left): Gwendalyn Dabaja (Year 9), Louisa Cusumano (Year 8) and Charlotte Guest (Year 8).
On Wednesday 6 June, with a record 55 participants in the Junior Speaking Festival events, students from Years 7 to Year 9 displayed excellence in speaking. It was heartening to see so many Year 7 students eager to be involved this year, ensuring that PLC Sydney has strength in numbers and a depth of talent. Congratulations to all those who braved the elements and stayed to the end of a wonderful evening of engaging performances. The standard across all events was exceptionally high and the hard-working team of adjudicators were challenged by the formidable task of separating the field The full list of placegetters are as follows:
Junior Impromptu Speaking
1st: Charlotte Guest (Year 8)
2nd: Linda Wang (Year 9)
3rd: Ariel Burgess (Year 9)
4th: Gwendalyn Dabaja (Year 9)
5th: Sophia King (Year 9)
Highly Commended: Isabella Cordaro (Year 8), Madeline Panos (Year 8)
Junior Prose Reading
1st: Louisa Cusumano (Year 9)
2nd: Amanda Lu (Year 9)
3rd: Madeline Panos (Year 8)
4th: Chanel Chamoun (Year 8)
5th: Breteil David (Year 8)
Highly Commended: Dominique Grunert (Year 8), Angela Rofail (Year 8)
1st: Gwendalyn Dabaja (Year 9)
2nd: Louisa Cusumano (Year 9)
3rd: Shirley Chen (Year 9)
4th: Breteil David (Year 8)
5th: Charlotte Guest (Year 8)
Highly Commended: Sophie Angus (Year 9), Noelle Davis (Year 9)
Brisbane Bound - National Speaking Finals of Rostrum
Image: Sherie Pan (Year 11) with the NSW Senior Division trophy
Sherie Pan (Year 11) has talked her way to the top, winning the NSW Division of Rostrum, Voice of Youth Speaking Competition which was held at Sydney University on Saturday 17 June 2017. In front of a panel of five assessors and a lecture hall full of spectators, Sherie won the competition with her entertaining prepared speech ‘A Mental Challenge’ (a how-to-guide to resist advertising shams and scams) and an impromptu speech, based on the topic ‘Ten out of Ten’.
In NSW, over 400 secondary school students have taken part in the competition. We are extremely proud of the manner in which Sherie has applied herself during this rigorous tournament and the manner in which she allows her sparkling personality, wit and intelligence to shine through. As the newly crowned NSW State title holder (Senior Division), Sherie will travel to Brisbane in July to compete in the National finals. PLC Sydney last held the title in this event for NSW in 2006.
Students Finish on a High Note
Image 1 (from left): Year 12 Speech Diploma Students, Vanessa Li, Emma Triantifilis, Stephanie Lee, Katherine Chen and Kelsey Lu, celebrate their final exam.
Image 2 (from left): Year 12 students, Kathy Chen, Nicola Tu, Isabella Zu and Year 11 students, Jasmine Chen and Naruemit Bhunthumwatchrarod, received the Senior Certificate of Attainment.
Year 12 Speech students have taken their final speech exams, at PLC Sydney, passing the Diploma of Communication with excellent results. Vanessa Li, Emma Triantifilis, Stephanie Lee, Katherine Chen and Kelsey Lu, have been working towards this very prestigious examination for a number of years and all have been awarded High Distinctions! At the same time six Year 11 students achieved High Distinctions in their Certificate of Communication: Laurel Lu, Annabelle Moore, Lauren McGrath-Wild, Sherie Pan and Lina Cho.
Kathy Chen, Nicola Tu, Isabella Zu and Michelle Wang (Year 12) and Jasmine Chen, Naruemit Bhunthumwatchrarod and Sarah Huang (Year 11) commenced Speech just this year with of view of preparing themselves for the world. They undertook a shorter examination called the Senior Certificate of Attainment, also achieving amazing results!
The Year 12 students will leave PLC Sydney with very impressive Speech results and more importantly with confidence to express themselves effectively and eloquently in any public forum. Well done to you all. Go forward and make a difference.