SPEAKING OUT: Bridget Walters, 11, Elanah, 10 and Narissa Dunston, 11 and Oscar Plunkett-Phelps, 9 get ready to represent Westlawn Public School in the public speaking finals.
SPEAKING OUT: Bridget Walters, 11, Elanah, 10 and Narissa Dunston, 11 and Oscar Plunkett-Phelps, 9 get ready to represent Westlawn Public School in the public speaking finals. Adam Hourigan

Valley kids share ideas at public speaking competition

WHEN I was a student, standing in front of my class to present a spoken assignment was something best avoided.

However, Westlawn Public School students appear to crave public speaking.

Westlawn teacher Vedette McKenna will lead her school's public speaking team at the Clarence Valley Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition finals today.

"Public speaking is very popular at the school," she said.

Ms McKenna took the cream of the crop to form her public speaking team, and she said they were very talented.

Oscar Plunkett-Phelps, Elanah and Narisa Dunston and Bridget Walters will take the stage for the school.

Narisa, who is in her third year of public speaking, said her presentation was on respect. "Many of the world's problems are caused because of a lack of respect," Narisa said. "And so much good can come from respect."

Oscar, the youngest on the team, will tell the audience about how everyone has a story.

"I will be speaking about my pop," he said, "how he went to war and his life when he came home.

"I'll also tell my own story about how I was born with a disease."

The four students already saw the important lessons you could learn from public speaking; building confidence, fast thinking and impressing future employers.

But the most important thing for them was fun.

 



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