Invicta Speaks Competition
Lower School Winner - Patricia Britto
The judges were very impressed with the standard of speeches from all eight speakers from the Lower School. The winner was Patricia Britto, who spoke on the seen topic “We can make a difference if we... “ and then spoke on the unseen topic of Racism. The judges commented that “Both of Patricia’s speeches demonstrated outstanding and faultless structure and delivery, and they were consistently interesting. Her tone of voice was light and clear, and she gave the audience unambiguous messages.
Intermediate School Winner - Caitlyn Davis
The judges commented “We were particularly impressed by students who were able to tackle current issues beyond the context of their own lives and it is here where the Intermediate School really showed their maturity, understanding of the world and passion for subjects they spoke about. Caitlyn Davis, the winner in this category, certainly was exemplary of this with her compassionate and considered talks on Syria and social media. She not only gave a personal and informed view point consistent in her outstanding delivery in both speeches but also kept us engaged by her unexpected stance. We found ourselves wanting to talk more to her about her chosen topics which is credit to the content of her pieces.”
Upper School Winner – Aaliyah Buxy
Again the standard of delivery of all the Upper school students was exceptional. The judges said that “When Aaliyah was speaking, we both put down our pens and enjoyed listening to her. Her speeches were well-structured (especially the openings), and she chose interesting content and lines of argument.” Aaliyah chose “History is important because…’ as her topic in the first round and Cosmetic Surgery in the second round.
The Invicta Speaks Competition proved once again that Invicta Grammar School students show conviction and bravery in their confident, assured and composed delivery. However, what was encouraging this year was hearing students less inhibited by perceived expectations on content and it was refreshing to find students prepared to tackle difficult, complex and challenging topics with crafted skill. Our congratulations and thanks to all the students who competed; it was a superb evening and we look forward to next year’s event.
Thank you to Master of Ceremonies Mrs Lloyd, Judges Dr White and Ms Anderson and the Time Keeper Charlotte Williams from 10I. Mrs Rush, Mrs Brewster and Miss Palmer provided administrative support.