Speakers' Corner



Image 1 (from left): Speak Season Rostrum Team Sherie Pan (Year 11), Linda Wang (Year 9), Louisa Cusumano (Year 9), Angela Rofail (Year 8), Claire Shi (Year 10), Claudia McDonnell (Year 11) and Chanel Chamoun (Year 8).
Image 2 (from left): Year 11 students Sherie Pan and Claudia McDonnell with students from James Ruse Agricultural High.
Image 3 (from left): Year 9 students Linda Wang and Louisa Cusumano made it through to Heat B of Rostrum Junior Public Speaking.

The PLC Sydney Speaking Team ventured out into the Sydney storms on Tuesday 21 March 2017 to participate in Rostrum Voice of Youth speaking competition at Santa Sabina. Despite the sound of torrential rain combined with the violent thunderstorms, our team battled brilliantly with their well-projected, witty and wise words. It was a successful night of speaking, with Louisa Cusumano (Year 9) and Sherie Pan (Year 11) winning their heats. Louisa presented passionately on the topic, ‘People Matter’, explaining her position on humanism and that women’s and men’s rights were equal. Sherie explored the topic of ‘Life Without Limits’ and challenged us to rethink our dependence on technology and control its impact. Both students will progress to the Regional Round of Rostrum Voice of Youth in May. Claire Shi (Year 10) was runner-up in her heat and is a reserve speaker for the next round. Eight students took part in the first major event in PLC Sydney's Speak Season calendar and are to be congratulated on their dedicated preparation in the lead up to this competition.



Four of PLC Sydney’s finest orators are set to take on the world. Debating Captain, Jade Lin and fellow Year 12 student, Kelsey Lu will be joined by Lina Cho (Year 11) and Eleanor Lawton-Wade (Year 11) at the 30th Annual World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships. These four talented PLC Sydney students will join their fellow Australian team mates and a further 120 other speakers from around the world at Ravenswood Girls’ School, Gordon on Friday 7 April 2017. The competition runs for five days, in the disciplines of Debating, Interpretative Reading, Public Speaking and Impromptu Speaking, culminating in the Grand Finals to be held on Wednesday 11 April 2017. Overall results will be announced at the Celebration Dinner, Taronga Zoo on Wednesday 12 April 2017. We wish our four finest speakers all the very best. 

Image (from left): Lina Cho (Year 11), Eleanor Lawton-Wade (Year 11),  Jade Lin (Year 12) and, Kelsey Lu (Year 12), have been selected for the Australian Team to compete at the 30th Annual World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships.



Year 8 student, Isabella Cordaro will travel to Hobart towards the end of the Term 1 holidays to participate in the National Finals of Voice - UN Youth Australia. She gained selection the NSW State team at the end of 2016, being one of five students to be chosen based on excellence in Public and Impromptu Speaking. As a delegate, Isabella will join like-minded students from each state to vie for the top position in Australia and is set for five action-packed days, with preliminary speeches, workshops, and speaker panels to be held at UTAS. The conference will conclude with the Grand Final in the Tasmanian House of Parliament. Presenting her initial award-winning speech from 2016, Isabella must also deliver an additional Speech to solve a pressing national issue, lobbying for change and respond to panelists’ questions to defend her proposal. Good luck Isabella on this exciting Public Speaking adventure.



Debating Captain Jade Lin has progressed to the State Final of Lions Youth of the Year which is to be held in Forbes on Saturday 8 April 2017. Jade (and five other finalists) were required to make two public addresses at the District Final Gala Dinner in Hornsby. In addition to panel interviews, Jade demonstrated well considered impromptu responses, showing an impressive knowledge of local and state politics and current affairs. Her prepared speech, on the topic of low levels of Indigenous Literacy, was well received and in addition to collecting the overall title, Winner Northern District, Jade was also awarded the Public Speaking Prize. It has been a remarkable journey for Jade who has benefited from networking with and mentoring from successful NSW entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Image (from left): Parents Yang Yan, Jain Zhi, Jade Lin (Year 12), Mrs Lynette Hawkey and Dr Paul Burgis at Lions Youth of the Year District Final Awards.



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