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Public Speaking

Public speaking at Siena College had a fantastic start in 2018, with many girls demonstrating interest in participating in the variety of competitions on offer.  Year 10 student, Elena Cruz, performed to an exceptional level in the Rotary Club of Balwyn’s Public Speaking Competition on 7 May.  Elena spoke very eloquently and passionately on the plight of refugees and the Australian government’s approach to the issue. The standard of competition was very high.

Year 11 student, Jade Devlin, represented Siena in the Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking Competition on Sunday, 20 May. She spoke on the topic 'A home for every child', performing exceptionally well.  Jade won her heat cogently and has proceeded to the semi finals. We wish her luck in the next stage of the competition.  

On Monday, 28 May Bianca Cleland, Year 12, represented the College at the VCAA Plain English Speaking Competition at St Leonards College in Brighton East.  Bianca’s self selected topic was titled 'Women vs Women in the Workforce'. She performed spectacularly, just missing out on placement into the next round. 

We have several other Public Speaking events to come this year and we are looking for more students to give it a go.  It is a fantastic learning experience and gives you that extra edge in your oral class presentations. 

One of the upcoming competitions is Siena's very own Antonio de Montesinos Award. This is a fantastic opportunity for any student, no matter your year level, to give public speaking a try.  This event is internally judged, taking stress away from speaking in front of strangers, as we are all a family here at Siena. The topic, as following tradition, is our College Theme ‘One Body, Many Parts’.  It is a great topic with many possible avenues that could be explored.  The event will be held on the evening of Wednesday, 5 September, starting at 7.00pm. More information on how to participate will be available soon.

Remember it’s never too late to join in on the fun! Just send an email to Mr Anderson or the Captains of Public Speaking to find out about the upcoming tournaments.  Everyone is welcome!

Hayley Kennedy and Annalise Skliros 
Public Speaking and Debating Captain and Vice Captain

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