Posted by Lois Flanagan on Oct 02, 2019
Papanui Rotary Junior Speech Contest
A week after the preliminary rounds of the Junior Speech Contest, the finals were held at Heaton Performing Arts Centre last Thursday 26 September. From thirty-five Year 5&6 students, it was a hard job for judges Philippa and Evan to choose 8 finalists.  Grant Paice and Cheryl did a great job of choosing the 8 Year 7 and 8 finalists. 

As always the standard of speeches was very high making a tough night for the judges but wonderful entertainment for the full theatre. Topics included English History, Death Row, a Free Range Kid, U-Tube is an Educational Tool, Why Not to Clean, and the final student who told us all in difficult circumstances to just Suck it up!
Our judges this year were Sarah Pride, one of our Rotary Associates, and Tim Sissions, a Partner in a local law firm. Both gave great comments and spoke to students individually who came to see them. Thanks also to our timekeepers Gordon & Doug, Tony Tizzard for the certificates and Liz who beautifully filled in the names.

Nine schools took part this year including Selwyn House who joined us for the first time. Our grateful thanks to Sarah Cummings at Heaton Intermediate who is always so helpful in providing rooms and students to help with ushering.

Every year the students amaze us all with their talents. If you missed the finals this year, you missed a night of fun and entertainment. Make sure you are there next year!