Rostrum has been running a Primary Schools Speaking Competition for 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. The Warren Hine trophy is awarded to the winning speaker as determined by the Rostrum adjudicators, whilst in recent years a People's Choice trophy has been also awarded and is decided by vote of the audience.
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.
Speech topics for the 2022 competition are as follows:
Every little bit helps
My least favourite thing
Paying it forward
The right note
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Grand Final 2021
The picture below shows from left to right Leo, 2021 winner of Warren Hine Winner Trophy and the Ken Fry Trophy for his school; Dorothy Hine co-founder of the competition; Amelie, winner of the 2021 People’s Choice Award and Mia, 2021 Runner up for Warren Hine Trophy.
Videos of Rostrum Speeches from previous years 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)