Junior School Rostrum Competition

Rostrum winner, Mia Witheford

Rostrum winner, Mia Witheford

By Emily Campbell, JS Oratory Coordinator 

This term, all Year 4, 5 and 6 students have been preparing and presenting speeches to their classes for the Australian Rostrum Primary Schools Public Speaking Competition. Students spoke about a diverse range of topics and all deserve to be commended on their wonderful public speaking efforts! From these year groups, seven finalists were chosen to speak in our school final as well as two finalists from our Junior School Oratory Program. A huge congratulations goes to the following speakers for being selected as our school finalists:


Year 4 Finalists:

• Audrey Potter
• Amber Smith Gibson
• Lachlan Lloyd

Year 5 Finalists:

• Genevieve Nguyen
• Sophie Espeland

Year 6 Finalists:

• Mia Witheford
• Eloise Flynn

Oratory Program Finalists:

• Sacha Zerger
• Kaiya Barsby


Our school final was held on Tuesday 16 May and, on the evening, our nine finalists spoke with wonderful skill and confidence. The high standard of their speeches was impressive! Mia Witheford was chosen as our winner and Amber Smith Gibson as our reserve. An outstanding effort by both of these talented public speakers! Mia will be speaking in the Rostrum Quarter Final held at Mount Rogers Primary School, Melba, on Thursday 22 June at 7 pm.

A special thank you to my fellow JS Oratory Coordinator, Janine Crookes, guest adjudicator, Communications Manager Mick Bunworth; our Chairperson, Josephine Truswell (Year 6); and our Timekeeper, Kaitlin Barsby (Year 6).

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