Lasallian Public Speaking Challenge
The evening of Tuesday 6 October saw students from De La Salle College, St Bede’s College and St James College attend the Br Quentin O’Halloran F.S.C Lasallian Public Speaking Challenge.
An annual event (this year Hosted by St Bede’s), it was a night that showcased the skill, courage and effort of Year 7 to Year 12 student representatives.
De La Salle students presented their prepared topics with a raw energy and originality. They were consistently the school that managed to sustain the laughter of the audience through their wit and savvy sense of humour. Our students demonstrated a keen ability to engage, convey enthusiasm and present with conviction.
On the night students are expected to present a speech on a prepared topic and also an impromptu speech. Each year level were given the same impromptu topic, ‘It’s how you play the game.’
Congratulations specifically goes to Jordan Burns from Year 9, who single‐handedly took out the Year 9 Best Speaker and the Overall Best Speaker award on the night. De La Salle, in turn, walked away with the Lasallian Public Speaking plaque – one that is fiercely contested within this event.
I would like to thank the parents, relatives, friends and staff who attended from De La Salle College on the night in support of the boys that competed.
Below is an overview of the De La Salle performances on the night.
James Windsor (Year 7)
Topic: Cadets Australia
A new comer to the event, James performed most confidently in his impromptu speech. He tackled the impromptu speech about the game of ‘life’ by talking about how the way in which we gamble in day to day scenarios can determine the way our life unfolds. James demonstrated insight beyond his years with this response.
Ben Gibson (Year 8)
Topic: Why there should be no war
Again, a new comer to the event, Ben strode purposefully to the stage and delivered his entire speech without the need of assisting cue cards. He used evidence from philosophers, politicians and the results of academic studies to persuade the audience of the devastating consequences of war.
Jordan Burns (Year 9)
Topic: A speech about prepared speeches
There was no doubt that Jordan had something that the other speakers did not. It was the ability to think quickly and in a unique manner that set him apart from the rest. He re‐enacted audience experiences of having to prepare or deliver a speech. In turn, as we saw ourselves through some of the cardinal public speaking sins that Jordan outlined should never be made, outbursts of recognition (i.e. laughter) were heard. It was in his impromptu speech, however, where Jordan interpreted ‘It’s how you play the game’, as the game of Monopoly that this technique really captivated the audience. Comparing the arguments over a game of Monopoly with Liberal and Labor debates over a controversial policy, Jordan simply ‘out‐played’ his opponents.
Adam Crestani (Year 10)
Topic: That the fact something is old or original does not make it better
Like Ben, Adam was able to strike from his first word to his last without the assistance of cue cards. Impassioned by the unjust judgements made by older generations on the quality of music, TV and value of technology, Adam struck a chord with many peers sitting in the audience.
Matthew Mottola (Year 12)
Topic: Vive la République
One of the greatest highlights of the night was to see College Leader, Matthew, present both his prepared and impromptu speeches. Like Jordan, Matthew had the audience in the palm of his hand. Humour was the key. Presenting on the reasons why Australia should become a republic, Matthew began his speech by highlighting that, ‘Like Queen Elizabeth and a Botox injection, the debate for a republic had a fresh face’. It was irreverent and the audience lapped it up. Matthew was sharp, witty and clever with how he worked to persuade the audience. Whilst taking the pole position in terms of content, engagement and presentation, adjudicators acknowledged that it was only upon the technicality of going over the set time limit by a minor margin that meant Matthew was not recognised as Year 12 speaker of the night.
Ms Olivia Wenczel