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 this year. They are Our Lady of Perpetual Succour PS, Wattle Park PS, Surrey Hills PS, Chatham PS, Roberts McCubbin PS, Our Holy Redeemer PS, Box Hill North PS and Mont Albert PS. Each school selects its two finalists from its preliminary competition. Hosting of the final with the chosen speakers is done on a rotational basis.
Candidates at both stages can select a topic for their 3 minute speech from a list of 12 which vary from year to year.
Professional judges from the Toastmaster 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 2018 finals were held at the Our Lady’s PS, Erasmus Street, Surrey Hills on Tuesday August 14.
The winner is invited to speak at the District Final in November.