Multicultural Perspectives Speaking Competition 2001
On September 19th the finals of the Southern Districts (NSW) Multicultural Perspectives Speaking Competition 2001 were held at the Conservatorium of Music in Wollongong. This annual competition is open to government and non-government secondary schools in the southern districts of New South Wales. It is coordinated by the Interdistrict Debating Coordinator, Mr Phil Holloway, from Bomaderry High School.
The sixteen finalists represented nine Southern District schools, Bega Valley Christian College, Bomaderry High, Chevalier College, Crookwell High, Illawarra Grammar, Moruya High, Shoalhaven High, Trinity College Goulburn and Ulladulla High.
The Junior Section (Years 7-9) was won by Melinda from Illawarra Grammar and the runner-up was Katie from Bomadery High. This year the topics for the junior students included:
- A fair go for all
- Sport, breaking down the barriers
- Accepting differences
- Resolving conflict
- We are on but we are many
- Australia's future
- What can I do to Help?
- Celebrating our multiculturalism
- Getting the message across
- Community spirit
The Senior Section (Years 10-12) was won by Hannah from Illawarra Grammar, the runner-up was Katie from Ulladulla High, and Lauren from Bomaderry High was highly commended. The senior students grappled with:
- Examining stereotypes
- What does it mean to be a refugee?
- Free speech: Rights vs responsibilities
- Why identity matters
- Eradicating Racism
- Knowledge and understanding
- The value of everyone
- Justice for all
- Australia's place in the world
- Multiculturalism: dream or reality
The quality of the speeches was exceptional with the students demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of national and international issues. The importance of avoiding stereotyping was particularly pertinent in the light of the current international terrorist crisis.