Rostrum Voice of Youth
PLC Sydney's Speaking Squad have started the term in full swing. Sherie Pan (Year 11), represented NSW in the 'All State of Origin' National Rostrum Voice Finals competition held in Brisbane on Saturday 29 July. She delighted her audiences with her wit and wisdom. Sherie walked away richer for her wonderful experience and having made many new connections with like-minded students. During Term 2, she talked her way to the top in NSW, taking out the NSW Senior Rostrum title from 434 other speakers in the state. We are very proud of her efforts in an outstanding field of orators.
Image: Sherie Pan (far left) with State Finalists and the national winner, Eamonn Shorter (centre), Tasmania.
The PLC Sydney Speech Development team was in action at the Sydney Eisteddfod during Week 2 and Week 3, of this term, with excellent results. Sophie Ma (Year 11) and Natalie Lambropoulos (Year 10) were awarded second and third place in the Under 18 and Prepared Speech division. The standard of speeches was exceptionally high across the entire field, with a wide range of material - from the light hearted (Desperate Dating Measures) to significant issues in Australian society (Victim Blaming). Our placegetters were closely followed with Highly Commended rankings from Eliza Otton (Year 11) and Ariel Burgess (Year 9). In younger age divisions, our Juniors, Abby Cassen (Year 7) and Isabella Cordaro (Year 8) were awarded Highly Commended for their efforts. Congratulations girls for your dedicated preparation and thought-provoking opinions on a wide range of topics.
Image (from left): Under 18 Speech Development team - Natalie Lambropoulos (Year 10), Sophie Ma, (Year 11), Eliza Otton (Year 11), Ariel Burgess (Year 9).
Legacy Speaking Competition
In external Public Speaking, on Thursday 3 August, Gwendalyn Dabaja (Year 9) and Charlotte Guest (Year 8) represented PLC Sydney at the Legacy Speaking Competition - Local Area Final. They both spoke passionately on challenging and complex topics - the media’s echo chamber and educational integration of autistic students. In a full heat, both students spoke eloquently and narrowly missed a berth in the next round.
Image: Gwendalyn Dabaja, Year 9 (left) and Charlotte Guest, Year 8 (right) with Fort Street High student at the Local Area final.
Year 7 student wins Junior Division of the PLC Sydney Public Speaking Challenge!
This week saw the Finals of our annual Public Speaking Challenge. All students from Years 7 to 10 took part in the first round and the top speakers were selected to participate in Round 2. From there, a small number won a place in the Finals in Audrey Keown Theatre. Once again this year, the standard was incredibly high, with each finalist offering a different take on the topic (Junior topic '10/10' and the Senior topic (It is a truth universally acknowledged...'). Our eloquent MC, Sophie Ma (Year 11) quoted film director John Ford 'You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.' This certainly was true of all our finalists. The adjudicators, Ms Taylor, Ms Sidoti, Ms Maxwell and Mrs Hawkey commented on the outstanding standard of speeches and took a while to deliberate and finalise their decisions.
The winner of the Junior Division (Years 7, 8 and 9) was Lara Marassa (Year 7) and the runner up Charlotte Guest (Year 8). The winner of the Senior Division (Years 10 and 11) was Eleanor Lawton-Wade (Year 11), runner up Lina Cho (Year 11) with Highly Commended awarded to Claire Shi (Year 10).
Image (from left): Eleanor Lawton-Wade, Lina Cho, Claire Shi, Charlotte Guest, Lara Marassa and Mrs Chiba.