Speakers' Corner

Festival of Speech Shield Returns to PLC Sydney

PLC Sydney Speech students rallied at the AHIGS Festival of Speech (FOS) on Saturday 21 October to reclaim the Overall Winners’ Shield for Best School across eight speaking disciplines. The annual Speaking event was held at Tara Anglican School for Girls’ in Parramatta.


1. Current Affairs Team Claire Shi (Year 10), Natalie Lambropoulos (Year 10), Claudia McDonnell (Year 11) and Eliza Otton (Year 11) - 2nd at AHIGS.
2. Annabelle Moore (Year 11) - 1st in AHIGS Senior Readings.
3. Team Captain Sophie Ma (Year 11) - 1st in AHIGS Senior Poetry 2017, winning the event for the fourth consecutive year.

In the 22 year history of AHIGS FOS, PLC Sydney has won the shield 14 times and been runner up on six occasions. The team victory reflected the overall strength of Speech and Oratory at PLC Sydney.

The team of fourteen students was selected on merit for AHIGS Festival of Speech. Speakers in individual events were joined and strengthened by the Religious and Ethical team (Lauren McGrath- Wild, Sherie Pan and Julia Leggat) and the Current Affairs team (Claudia McDonnell, Claire Shi, Natalie Lambropoulos, Eliza Otton). 

Together, our entire PLC Sydney representative group was a force to be reckoned with at the hotly contested AHIGS event, with the overall ranking uncertain, right up until the results of the final event. Team captain Sophie Ma, delivered a masterful performance of the complex Sylvia Plath poem Daddy to claim much-needed winner’s points and move our team just beyond the reach of SCEGS Darlinghurst. PLC Sydney improved from last year’s runners’ up ranking to reclaim the Overall Winner’s Shield for 2017 and to finish in first place in the Overall Senior Division and joint-first Overall Junior Division. 


AHIGS FOS Shield - Winning Team: Louisa Cusumano (Year 8), Sophia Ma (Year 11), Annabelle Moore (Year 11), Eleanor Lawton- Wade (Year 11), Gwendalyn Dabaja (Year 9), Lauren McGrath-Wild (Year 11), Charlotte Guest (Year 8), Claudia McDonnell (Year 11), Julia Leggat (Year 11), Eliza Otton (Year 11), Natalie Lambropoulos (Year 10), Claire Shi (Year 10) and Dr Paul Burgis Absent: Sherie Pan

Individual accolades were collected by Annabelle Moore (1st in AHIGS Readings from 21 schools), Sophie Ma (Senior Poetry - a four time consecutive winner of this Speaking event - a 1st place from 21 schools), Louisa Cusumano (2nd in Junior Prepared Readings from 23 schools), Charlotte Guest (4th in Junior Public Speaking from 25 schools), Gwendalyn Dabaja (4th in Junior Poetry from 25 schools), the Religious and Ethical Team (3rd overall) and the Current Affairs team (2nd overall). 

It was truly a magnificent team effort to bring the AHIGS Festival of Speech shield back to PLC Sydney and to maintain this impressive record. 

Lynette Hawkey
Head of Speech


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