Every year the DAV runs a state-wide Junior Public Speaking Competition for students in Years 7 and 8. The program aims to give young speakers the opportunity to put their ideas forward in front of an audience whilst expanding their knowledge of current affairs. Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation—confidence, clarity, and the development of arguments—which are very important skills both in and out of school. The competition will run across one school day, commencing with a training session led by DAV instructors.
Students will participate in a training session and then present one prepared speech and two impromptu speeches. In semi-finals and the grand final, students will present one prepared speech (same as that used in the preliminary rounds or a new one) and one impromptu topic.
Topics for 2020: Students must prepare a 4-5 minute speech on one of the following topics. This speech must be persuasive in nature.
-The myth of freedom
-A second chance
-The forgotten people
-Students will also present two improptu speeches of 2-3 minutes. The impromptu speeches may also be persuasive, but this is not required, so long as the speech has a clear message and form.
For more information visit the official website here.
Various levels of competition
$40 per student, limit of 6 students per school, per region
No technical skills needed
Coordinators can register students by logging in to the DAV website.