School initiatives

Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition

Southern Districts Interdistrict Final 2003

This annual competition is open to government and non-government secondary schools in the southern districts of New South Wales. The 2003 finals were held in the library at Bomaderry High School on the NSW Near South Coast on Friday June 20.

The fifteen finalists represented nine Southern Districts schools: Bomaderry High, Crookwell High, Karabar Distance Education, Moss Vale High, Mulwaree High, Shoalhaven High, Smith's Hill High, Woonona High and Ulladulla High.

The Junior Section (Years 7-9) was won by Rohan from Woonona High School and the runner-up was Harrison from Smith's Hill High. A Highly Commended award went to Darren, from Shoalhaven High School. In the Senior Section (Years 10-12) first place was awarded to Stephanie from Shoalhaven High School. Stephen, from Mulwaree High was the runner-up and Nael from Karabar Distance Education received a Highly Commended award.

Phil Holloway, the convenor of the competition since its inception in 1995, was impressed by the high quality of this year's speeches. "This is the first time we have allowed the students to choose their own topics," he said.

The finalists in each section were:

Year 7-9 Section

  1. Ria, Ulladulla HS
  2. Darren, Shoalhaven HS
  3. Ashley, Moss Vale HS (read Ashley's speech)
  4. Emily, Shoalhaven HS
  5. James, Crookwell HS
  6. Harrison, Smith's Hill HS (read Harrison's speech)
  7. Rohan, Woonona HS

Year 10-12 Section

  1. Karisa, Ulladulla HS
  2. Anne, Bomaderry HS
  3. Stephanie, Shoalhaven HS
  4. Kate, Ulladulla HS
  5. Nael, Karabar DE
  6. Stephen, Mulwaree HS
  7. Kristen, Woonona HS
  8. Jonathan, Smith's Hill HS