The Rostrum ACT Primary Schools Speaking Competition
The 2021 Rostrum Primary School Speaking Competition is reaching its exciting conclusion!
Congratulations to the following schools. Your school champions have reached the Rostrum Grand Final!
Arawang Primary School
Chapman Primary School
Jerrabomberra Public School
Kaleen Primary School
Lyneham Primary School
Mother Teresa Primary School, Harrison
Mount Carmel School, Yass
St Bede’s Primary School, Red Hill
The topics for the Grand Final are as follows:
A day in the life of …
Make your own luck
The power of music
Please note that speeches for the Grand Final are 4 minutes long.
The date for the Grand Final will be in Term 4, and will be announced after movement restrictions have been eased. The venue will be the Ann Harding Conference Centre at the University of Canberra.
Rostrum appreciates the support of the University of Canberra.
Rostrum has been running a Primary Schools Speaking Competition for nearly 50 years for schools in the ACT and surrounding areas of New South Wales. Each school is invited to enter one competitor into the competition after running a selection process in their own school.
School Finals are held at each participating school at a time and date of their choosing. School Finals shall select a Winner and Reserve. (The Reserve is needed in case the Winner is unable to attend the Quarter Final).
The Quarter and Semi Finals are held in the evening at a host school. Topics for the Quarter and Semi Finals are provided by Rostrum. Each student speaks for 3 minutes with a warning bell at 2 minutes. Rostrum adjudicators will assess each speech and determine the Winner and Runner Up, both of whom will proceed to the next round.
The Grand Final is held at a prestigious local venue, usually 3 to 4 weeks after the last semi-final. Topics for the Grand Final are different to the earlier rounds, and each finalist speaks for 4 minutes.
All competitors at the Quarter Final, Semi-Final, and Grand Final receive a certificate. The Grand Final winner and runner up receive medallions and trophies, and the winning school will receive the Perpetual Shield to hold for the next year.
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Videos of Rostrum Speeches available via You Tube
From the 2017 Grand Final
Enjoy the speeches from the 2017 Grand Final by clicking on the YouTube link for each speaker -
"A Winning Formula" by Heli L., Mt Rogers Primary School, Melba - https://youtu.be/FbjoCpayXvM
"Adapting to Change" by Marama H., Campbell Primary School - https://youtu.be/e0pWGgMwS7g
"Adapting to Change" by Luca H., Holy Family Primary School, Gowrie - https://youtu.be/txVT8U1oAWQ
"Citizenship" by Clancy P., Marist College Junior School, Pearce - https://youtu.be/FgxfLDfiBJk
"Making A Difference" by Akira B., Lyneham Primary School - https://youtu.be/4akPyGv_HXE
"Making A Difference" by Katie P., Torrens Primary School - https://youtu.be/hpftrqgFI1M
"Adapting to Change" by Oliver S.-H., Rosary Primary School, Watson - https://youtu.be/itE1hWPvI2M
"Making a Difference" by Kabir B. of Neville Bonner Primary School, Bonner - https://youtu.be/LKleXHRG8ms
"Endangered Species" by Tristan P. of Yass Public School - https://youtu.be/bUpE8NmNfDM
"Australia Day" by Aysha C. of Gold Creek Primary School - https://youtu.be/iUxwzO_5-uU
"A Quiet Achiever" by Audry K. of Canberra Girls Grammar School, Deakin - https://youtu.be/z88_AnzUXRk
From the 2016 Grand Final
From the 2016 Semi-finals
From the 2015 Grand Final
From the 2015 Semi-finals
from the 2014 Grand Final
from the 2014 Semi-finals
This is living, Shannon G., St Monica’s Primary School, Evatt (sorry we did not record the first words)