The Rostrum ACT Primary Schools Speaking Competition
Great news for primary school students, the 2021 Rostrum Primary School Speaking Competition is underway!
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 will be held on 6 September at the Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra.
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.
School Finals are conducted by each participating school at their discretion but before 31 May. Quarter and Semi Finals are conducted at host schools in the evening from June to August. The Quarter Final stage is now complete (see the update below) and the arrangements for the Semi Finals will be communicated shortly. The Grand Final will be held on 6 September at the Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra.
Rostrum appreciates the support of the University of Canberra.
All 13 Quarter Finals have now been run and 26 talented speakers are advancing to the Semi-Finals, to be held in August. Rostrum would like to thank all schools that hosted a Quarter Final for their hospitality and support.
The schools that are being represented in the Semi-Finals are:
Aranda Primary School
Chapman Primary School
Holy Trinity Primary School
Jerrabomberra Public School
Kaleen Primary School
Kingsford Smith School
Latham Primary School
Lyneham Primary School
Miles Franklin Primary School
Monash Primary School
Mother Teresa Primary School
Mt Carmel Primary School
Ngunnawal Primary Shool
Palmerston District Primary School
Rosary Primary School
Snowy Mountains Grammar School
St Anthony's Parish Primary School
St Bede's Primary School
St Joseph's Primary School
St Jude's Primary School
St Matthew's Primary School
St Patrick's Parish Shool
St Thomas More's Primary School
Theodore Primary School
Torrens Primary School
Details of the Semi Finals will be available shortly.
Topics for the Quarter and Semi Finals:
A better way
Cars of the future
Escape from the city
Going to Mars
I took a big risk
The Year of the Ox
Topics for the Grand Final will be advised two weeks prior to the Grand Final.
Calendar of Events
3 - 28 May - School Finals held
16 June - 22 July - Quarter Finals held
4 - 19 August - Semi Finals held
6 September - Grand Final
Need more information?
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)