Junior Public Speaking
Junior Public Speaking
The aim of the Junior Public Speaking Project is to give students in Primary Schools the chance to develop their ability to speak in public.
Why Encourage Public Speaking?
- Self Confidence
- Increased ability to communicate to a wider audience
- Encourages people to think more widely on a range of issues
- Prepares students for future roles which include speaking to an audience.
Why Primary School Students?
- Young students have an abundance of enthusiasm and self – confidence. This program aims to build on this base before they reach the teenage years.
- All young students need to build such skills in an environment, which encourages them to participate.
What Skills do Students Develop
- Research –Students learn to look for information from a number of sources.
- Knowledge and understanding of issues.
- Ability to organise their thoughts and feelings
- Confidently express opinions in plain English
Students who have demonstrated that they have a skill in this area get a chance to further develop their skills by speaking to a different audience in a wider competition.
Here are some examples of our Junior Public Speaking
How The Competition Works
The competition is run by Lions Clubs for their local schools at two levels. The prepared speech topics will be given to schools in February of each year.
Level 1 – Years Three and Four
- A prepared speech, 3 minutes in length, warning bell at 2.5 min, on a topic selected by your Lions Club
Level 2 – Years Five and Six.
- A prepared speech, 4 minutes in length, warning bell at 3.5 min, on a topic selected by your Lions Club.
- Year 5-6 students will also be given 10 minutes to prepare a one minute speech on a set topic. This will provide an added challenge and chance to develop public speaking skills by students who have shown that they have skills in this area.
The competition has four stages.
1. School – Teachers are encouraged to assist students to develop skills needed to speak successfully. On a prearranged date in June, each school will hold an internal competition. Students will be judged by Lions or community members selected by Lions. They will select one or two students from each level to represent the school at a Lions Club competition.
2. Lions Club – Students from each school within the boundaries of the Lions Club or group of Clubs will compete against each other to choose one student from each level to compete at the Regional competition.
3. Lions Region – Representatives of each club or group of clubs will compete to represent the Lions Region at a Lions District competition.
4. Lions District– Regional representatives to compete at a central venue.
How To Get Involved
If you are a Teacher and would like your school to be involved,
If you are a Lions Club and would like to know more about running the competition,
please contact the project Chairman Geoff Anderson, Lions Club of Mt Erica.