MASH co-ordinates the hosting of the annual Primary Schools Speech Contest, showcasing the speaking skills of senior primary students who have won the preliminary competitions held at their own schools in our local area. The quality of the speakers and their speeches leaves us confident in the future of our country.
Eight schools were invited to participate in 2021 and the following six schools were able to participate. They are Our Lady of Perpetual Succour PS, Wattle Park PS, Chatham PS, Our Holy Redeemer PS, Box Hill North PS and Mont Albert PS. Each school selects its two finalists from its preliminary competition. Last year the competition had to be cancellled due to the Covid pandemic, however this year we were able to proceed – albeit via Zoom.
Candidates can select a topic for their 3 minute speech from a list of 12 which vary from year to year.
Professional judges from the Toastmasters organisation assess the finalists’ speeches and select the three best who are awarded the First Prize, the Second Prize and the Third Prize.
Each of these three prize-winners is asked to attend a regular meeting of our club soon after the final is held. The purpose of this is to exhibit their speaking skills on a different topic to the members of our club.
The 2021 finals were held via Zoom on Tuesday October 5.
The winner is invited to speak at the District Final if this proceeds.