From the Deputy Head of the Preparatory School

Public Speaking Competition 2021 – Years 3 to 6

At Trinity Grammar School Preparatory School, we value the importance of developing in each of the boys the skills required to speak in an articulate manner and with confidence when speaking in public. Research shows strong links between good speakers and good writers. The 2021 Public Speaking Competition will require all boys in Year 3 to 6 to choose a topic that they are interested in and present it to their peers. The topics that the boys can choose from for 2021 are outlined below. The boys are allowed to suggest alternative topics to their teacher (eg. could relate to the current Unit of Inquiry, Learner Profile attribute, etc.). However, it will be at the discretion of the classroom teacher to approve any suggested topics. Students are not to prepare a speech on a topic that they have used in the past.

Topics: 

  • Growth as a learner
  • Authentically Trinity…’Be REAL’
  • I appreciate…
  • What could the 11th Learner Profile be…
  • My greatest invention
  • My favourite family story
  • Did you know…
  • The best thing about being a learner is…

Speaking Time:

Years 3 and 4 Warning Bell: 2 minutes and Final Bell: 3 minutes 

Years 5 and 6 Warning Bell: 3 minutes and Final Bell: 4 minutes 

When? 

The preliminary rounds will take place in classrooms and then at Grade Meetings. 

Preliminary Rounds – boys come prepared and deliver their prepared speech:  

Years 3 to 6, in class, Week 6 (beginning Monday March 1st to Friday March 5th) with 3 finalists per grade announced by Friday March 12th (end of Week 7).

FINALS: Friday March 19th 8:40am (Week 8) Mozart Room

This year boys who proceed to the finals will have 20 minutes (8:40am to 9:00am) to prepare for their one-minute impromptu speech. They will then deliver this to the judges before they present their chosen speech to an audience of all boys in Years 3 to 6. 

General expectations:

A speech is based on a central idea which is suggested by the topic. The speaker should choose material suitable for the audience.

The purpose of this competition is for students to:

  • communicate their ideas 
  • inform 
  • entertain 
  • persuade 
  • or any combination of these.  

The speaker must present a speech, not an act, recitation or a comedy performance. 

Style: Style is all about the overall impression created by the speaker.  This includes:

  • good use of eye contact
  • using palm cards that don’t interfere with delivery
  • appropriate use of language
  • clear and varied use of voice
  • using hand gestures, where appropriate, to help to get your message across 
  • The speaker should try to talk about something they know well and be as natural as possible
  • The speaker should let their personality shine through. 

Structure

  • The speech should be logical and ordered
  • A good speech will make its point within the time allowed
  • Humour can sometimes help to make a speech interesting. Remember – a good speech certainly does not have to be funny. 

Richard Lever | Deputy Head of the Preparatory School


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