20 May, 2022


To speak strongly and articulately on matters you are passionate about in front of a live audience requires a healthy dose of courage and commitment.

Eight of our students participated in Rostrum Voice of Youth on Saturday 14 May against other schools, and proved they had the muscle to do it.

As a first-time speaker,  Year 8 student James Walker rocketed right to the front and won the Junior Northern Final! Congratulations James, who will now compete against students around Tasmania in the State Final in June. Special mention to Year 8 Reinard Fourie and Year 7 Gina Kumar who, as newbies, were also quite dynamic in their delivery and content.

In the afternoon’s two Senior heats, Indra Gurudoss, Kim Latt, Oscar Winspear, Hamish Fyffe and Kulani Somarathna also exercised their public speaking muscles!  It was an extremely tough competition with two Launceston College students winning in both senior groups, but with Indra and Kulani hot on their tails winning the encouragement awards.

Special thanks to Rostrum Voice of Youth for hosting another successful public speaking event here at Scotch Oakburn College.  The opportunities they provide for our youth are hugely valuable with each of our students always walking away with valuable feedback and recognition.

Katie Lester
PIC Public Speaking