At St Mary’s Catholic College, students participate in several public speaking competitions in the Cairns region.
In Years 11-12 students compete in the Lions’ Youth of the Year Challenge which begins in our local district at Edmonton Lions’ Club. This competition assesses students’ ability to talk on a topic of their own choice as well as answer impromptu questions on current social issues.
Across the grades, from Years 7-12, students participate in the Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking Competition. Over a series of rounds, students are asked to write a speech on a set topic as well as respond to impromptu questions.
In Years 7-9 students compete in the Calanna Public Speaking Competition. Calanna’s Pharmacy is an iconic, community-focused business located in our school district. At this event, students are asked to present a 3-5 minute speech on a set topic.
As a part of their preparation and training, participants gain valuable experience in areas such as topic interpretation and development; script-writing; effective argumentation; verbal and non-verbal technique and overall presentation. The students are all taught, prepared and coached by experienced and committed St Mary’s teachers.