“They spoke with real passion around what are really important issues for our young people in terms of their own self-worth and wellbeing. I was very impressed by their level.” – Principal, Thea Kilian.
From global warming to human rights, an impressive array of provocative issues emerged in ACG Tauranga’s inaugural Junior House Speaking Competition for students in Years 7-9 last week.
For the audience, the topics provided food for thought – and action.
Adjudicator Sue Webster said she was impressed by the high standard of writing and speaking from competitors.
Particular mention to:
Hadassah Odumosu (Mauao House) in Year 5 and Liam Jury (Te Awanui House) in Year 6. These students gave the Year 7-10 students a display of awesome skills at such a young age. We can’t wait to see them in the Secondary School!
Sam Stokes in Year 7 (Wairoa House) for placing first. He and Cullum Connell in Year 8, who placed third (Tarawera House) will go forward to the Tall Poppies Speech Competition.
Renee Reeves Pederson in Year 9 (Wairoa House) for her powerful performance poetry piece. She placed 2nd, illustrating adeptly how persuasive poetry can be.
Principal Thea Kilian said she particularly enjoyed the commitment and passion of the Year 9 students who engaged in poetry.
“They spoke with real passion around what are really important issues for our young people in terms of their own self-worth and wellbeing. I was very impressed by their level. Poetry is not easy!”
Fantastic work from all students who took part – we admire your courage! A big thank you to Sue Wood for organising the event.