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  • Public Speaking

    Public Speaking consists of opportunities to participate in several speaking contests throughout the year.

    Lions Club Speaking Competition 

    The Lions competition is held on an annual basis. This consists of a prepared speech and an impromptu speech. Notification is given through student notices and those interested are given the terms and conditions of the speaking competition and offered assistance with speech preparation.

    Nga Manu Korero

    Nga Manu Korero secondary school speech competitions have been running in New Zealand for 50 years.  The PPTA (Post Primary Teachers Association) sponsors the event, which  incorporates the Korimako and Sir Turi Carroll competition for Maori pupils speaking in English and Pei Te Hirunui Jones and Rawhiti Ihaka for pupils speaking in Maori. The competition challenges young Maori speakers to better themselves in oratory skills, with the competition run in two parts - a six-minute prepared speech section, in either English or Maori, and three-minute impromptu speech section, in either English or Maori. The speaker with the highest score across both sections wins top spot and progresses to the national competition. Scoring is conducted using the Olympic Scoring system (omitting the highest and lowest score and adding the total remaining scores).

    The RSA Speaking Competition

    The ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition is a partnership between the RSA and ANZ New Zealand, aimed at promoting among young people a deeper understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices made by those who have served in wars and armed conflicts overseas. The competition is open to year 12 and 13 secondary school students. Regional finals are held in eight regions with a national final to decide the overall winner. Information on the competition is available at

    School Speaking Competitions

    Every year there are speaking competitions at every curriculum level. In the first instance in-class speeches are organised by English teachers in Year 9 and Year 10. The best speakers from these assessments are then invited to participate in the Year 9 and Year 10 Speaking competitions held in late November in the Speirs Centre.

    Entries are called for Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 speaking competitions at the beginning of term 4. These are adjudicated by the teacher in charge of each curriculum level. Speeches can be up to six minutes in length in these senior forms and are of a persuasive nature.