K-2 Public Speaking comp (pdf 226 KB)
Public Speaking at Dural Public School
Dural Public School has two very active and successful Public Speaking programmes as part of the co-curricular life of the School.
1. The Hills Network: Public Speaking Competition.
The Hills Network Public Speaking Competition was introduced in 2006 and is now in its 11th year.
It aims to: To build confidence and self-esteem.
- To extend students skills in oral communication, speech writing and research.
- To encourage and foster proficiency in the art of public speaking.
- To provide an opportunity to further gifted and talented students in English.
- To develop a relationship with our network schools.
How it is set up:
Held in TERM 3 of each year. The competition usually involves 12 schools in the Hills/Hornsby district. It involves students from Stage 2 & 3 in Grade levels presenting a prepared speech to an audience. Grades 3 , 4 and 5 will be given a topic, Grade 6 the topic will be their own choice.
All students in Years 3-6 present a speech to their class, then the best from each class represents their class in the school based competition and then winners of each grade then represent Dural P.S in The Hills Network Public Speaking Competition: Class level, School level, District level.
Students present one set speech.
Division 1: Stage 2: 2 minute speech. (Time penalties above or below 30 sec)
Division 2: Stage 3: 3 minute speech. (Time penalties above or below 30sec)
No microphones to be used.
No props or visual aids.
School uniform to be worn.
2. The Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition
The Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition was introduced in 1996 and is now in its 20th year. It aims to heighten the awareness of multicultural issues among NSW primary school students while developing their interest in public speaking and improving their confidence and speech-writing skills.
How it is set up:
Held in TERM 2 of each year. Stage 2 and stage 3 have set topics and students must choose from the list of multicultural topics to present a set speech to their class, if they reach the school final then they must also compete in an impromptu speech segment as well. The best from each class represents their class in the school based competition and then winners of each stage then represent Dural P.S in The Sydney North Area Public Finals: Class level, School level, District level: Area level: State Level.
What are the speaking requirements?
At the Sydney North Area finals students present both a prepared speech and an impromptu speech. For their prepared speech, contestants must choose a topic from the list of multicultural topics: see examples. The prepared speech must have multicultural content. The impromptu speech is chosen by the adjudicator on the day, and will be on a general, non-multicultural theme. Contestants will have 5 minutes to write their impromptu speeches. The speaking times for each speech and division are outlined below.
What are the adjudicators looking for?
The adjudicators will make their decision based on the manner, matter and method the contestants employ in presenting their speeches. They will expect contestants to be confident and engaging speakers. The prepared speeches need to show an understanding of multiculturalism, and be well developed and interesting. Contestants are also expected to demonstrate a balance of personal opinion and information in their speeches, as well as a balance of humour and sincerity. Finally, adjudicators are required to give equal consideration to the prepared and impromptu speeches in making their decision. Detailed guidelines on how the competition is judged is available on the website at www.pau.nsw.edu.au.
What are the rules of the competition?
Other than the entry rules and speaking times detailed above, it should also be noted that contestants are not allowed to use any props or external aids such as Powerpoint presentations during their speeches. They are encouraged to speak from palm cards and present from a stage without the use of a lectern or microphone.
Years 3 & 4 Example Topics
Australia - the lucky country
Every day is Harmony Day
Racism - it's just not funny
The Australian Flag
Religions and beliefs
A peaceful planet
Let's kick racism out of sport
Young people should be seen and heard
Every family has a story
Years 5 & 6 Example Topics
Multiculturalism in the media
When does a migrant become an Australian?
Multiculturalism at school