Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition

After delivering a brilliant speech on the topic ‘Too Busy’, Laura McNeil from Belllingen Public School was proclaimed the Northern NSW junior champion in the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition.

She will now represent the region in the state final to be held in Sydney in October.

The Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition has been encouraging primary school students in public schools to explore multiculturalism in Australia for over 23 years, as well as giving students a place to develop and refine their public speaking skills and improve their confidence. 

Speaking success: Commended for their Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition are students from left, Imogen Laverty, Evie Laverty, Laura McNeil and Luka Shirley with teacher Roz Everson at back.

Speaking success: Commended for their Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition are students from left, Imogen Laverty, Evie Laverty, Laura McNeil and Luka Shirley with teacher Roz Everson at back.

After being selected as school finalists at the Bellingen Public School  ‘Speak-Off’,  Evie Laverty, Laura McNeil, Luka Shirley and Imogen Laverty travelled to Nambucca Heads late last term to compete in the district final of this competition, with each student presenting both a prepared and an impromptu speech.

Imogen Laverty (left) and Laura McNeil at the Northern NSW regional final.

Imogen Laverty (left) and Laura McNeil at the Northern NSW regional final.

The adjudicator praised the students of Bellingen Public School for the depth of their thinking and original approaches to the topics they had chosen.

In a field of 34 speakers, Evie Laverty placed equal second in the junior division with a highly commended award and Laura McNeil was awarded first place. Imogen Laverty was also awarded first place in the senior division.

Laura and Imogen then competed in the Northern NSW regional final with speakers from as far away as Foster, Tweed Heads and Moree.

Laura’s win in the junior division places her in the final twenty students in the competition out of over 20,000 entrants.