In collaboration with The Kings College and Preparatory School in Bryanston, the Northcliff Rotary Club recently organised the finals of the Annual Speech Competition, marking its 42nd year as a prominent event in the primary school calendar.
Participating schools, including Montrose Primary School, Northcliff Primary School, Franklin D Roosevelt Primary School, Roedean School, Bryanston Primary School, Trinity House Preparatory School, Constantia Primary School, Blairgowrie Primary School, and Red Hill School, gathered to showcase their public speaking prowess.
Rita Millan, the club president, expressed pride in the enduring success of the competition and its significant place in fostering communication skills among primary school students.
In the prepared speech category, with the theme for this Rotary year being ‘Create Hope in the World,’ Sihle Matimba of Bryanston Primary School emerged as the winner, with Aasiyah Moosa from Roedean School as the runner-up.
The impromptu speech category saw Akile Buthelezi from Constantia Kloof Primary School claiming victory, while Tinashe Sika of Trinity House Preparatory School, Randpark Ridge, secured the runner-up position.
Notably, Trinity House Preparatory School, Randpark Ridge, emerged as the overall winner for the second consecutive year. Chief Adjudicator Brian Appleton from the National Eisteddfod Academy praised the high standard and quality of the speeches, emphasising that the students’ public speaking skills often translate into leadership roles within their communities in later years.
President Rita Millan is available at 076 282 9829 for those interested in more information or membership inquiries. The Northcliff Rotary Club continues to play a vital role in nurturing public speaking talent among the youth and fostering a sense of community engagement.
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