‘Toastmasters’ state that Public Speaking focuses on the development of communication and leadership.
St. Peter’s College as an active member of the SIS Sport and Cultural Program competes in the SIS Public Speaking Championship which was added to the Program in 2014
The Program and Competition is open to any student from Years 7 to 10 to represent the College.
The Junior section is open to any student in Years 7 & 8 and the Intermediate Section is open to any student in Years 9 & 10.
Students meet during their lunchtime to undertake coaching in the art of Public Speaking and a team is then chosen to represent the College in the SIS Competition, with the focus on the three main criteria of Public Speaking:
- The subject matter should be well constructed
- The delivery must be convincing and engaging
- The words of the speech should be concise, precise and accessible to the audience
“The day before I was extremely nervous but also excited as I had never done anything like this before. We had an hour to prepare before our presentations. My topic was ‘Should we end the production of plastic?’ I felt very nervous on that day because I haven’t done anything like this before. Public speaking helps develops skills such as using gestures, remembering words and speaking in front of people without being anxious.”