Public Speaking News

Year 11 student Emma Shine represented Corpus Christi College on Sunday morning April 2nd in the District final of the 4 Way Test Public Speaking Competition at the Western Australia State Rotary Conference held in Fremantle. This competition began last year when Emma was in Year 10.

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The public speaking aspect of this guide involves Year 10 students as a way of promoting public speaking in secondary schools. Students are required to design their speeches to incorporate and test the 4 questions:

1.     Is it the TRUTH?
2.     Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3.     Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4.     Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Emma’s speech entitled “A Change of Heart”, discussed how not one of the United Nations eight Millennium Development Goals, due to be realised in 2015, had been achieved. Extreme poverty in its many dimensions; income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion-while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability are unfortunately still common in developing countries around the world. Emma was engaging not only because of her passionate approach to the subject matter of her speech but also because of her confident and persuasive delivery.

I would like to congratulate Emma for making it through to the State final of the 4 Way Test Public Speaking Competition. This exciting event will be held on the 8th of May, so stay tuned! Emma should be extremely proud of the exemplary way she represented the College. Her dedication and commitment to Public Speaking needs to be commended.

In other news, the start of the year for Public Speaking has been busy. I am thrilled that over 60 enthusiastic students from all years have signed up to participate in this extra curricular activity. I would like to welcome Miss Tessa Johnson, Mr Leith Daniel and Mr Sam Coten to the team of coaches, along with Mrs Manuela Piscetek and our experienced senior student coach Olivia Fuderer. I am most appreciative of their help and energy.

The next date to note on the Public Speaking calendar is Sunday 9th April when 6 students will represent Corpus Christi College in the first heats of the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition. I wish them all the best for the competition.

Mrs Noreen Stevenson
Public Speaking Coordinator