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Home Hill Rostrum finals

Despite a reduction in the quantity of students participating, there was no reduction in the quality of the performances this year for the Rostrum Voice of Youth public speaking competition.  Bella Linton gave a very impressive speech on the topic “No Joking Matter” where she looked at the issue of cyber bullying and how it is no joking matter to be the victim of bullying.  She made it to the District Final, but due to illness, was unable to participate at this level.  Our Senior contestants, Aaliyah Calder and Jenna Attard, both spoke to the topic, “Myths and Misunderstandings”.  Aaliyah took a more serious take on the subject, discussing abortion, whilst Jenna took a more light-hearted approach looking at astrology, suspicions and the Bermuda Triangle.  Our other Senior competitor was Tayla McKaig who spoke about “A Home for Every Child” and looked more deeply into how we should define what a home is.  All three students did a great job, with the difficult decision being made to send Jenna and Tayla through to the District Finals.

Also, for the first time, we had Townsville competitors participating at our heats.  The students were from Southern Cross Catholic College and St Ignatius College.  They did not actually compete against our speakers but used this forum to move through the Townsville heats.

Tayla and Jenna represented our school to a very high standard at the District Finals, this year held at Home Hill State High School.  For the first time, competitors had to complete an impromptu speech that, while not marked, they were given feedback on in preparation for the Regional finals.  Unfortunately, despite excellent performances, Jenna and Tayla did not make it through to the Regional Final held at Ayr State High School.