of the things we think, say, and do.
The Rotary Four Way Test Speaking Contest is part of the School Link Program. The Rotary Four Way Test is a state-wide competition conducted in each school year. Teachers have an opportunity to encourage their students to take part in public speaking, confidence building and ethics consideration.
Find out about the history, goals and how the Four Way Test has helped students through the events history.
Aims & Guidelines
Our goals & participation guidelines for students and teachers.
- promote the values of Rotary that emphasize ethics and values in life.
- develop the confidence and self-esteem in students.
develop relationships between Rotary and primary schools.
- support the English curriculum (STEM) with speaking and listening opportunities
- provide an opportunity for students to test their speaking skills before an audience.
- encourage and foster excellence in the art of public speaking.
The Rotary Four Way Test speaking contest is not debating, elocution or acting. It is not a history lesson or research paper, so students should not be penalized for incorrect facts or data if deemed so by a member of the audience. The contest is concerned with the student’s effective use of language to convey a message or a point of view to an interested audience.
Choice of words, intonation, articulation, pace and pausing are important to convey the message in a speech. Anything that hinders the transmission of meaning or diverts attention from the student’s presentation should be avoided. This includes unnecessary and inappropriate gestures, affected pronunciation, overuse of dramatics, unnecessary movements, irrelevant humour and mannerisms.
There is no requirement for speakers to specifically enumerate the values of Rotary. This is the choice and style of the speaker. What is important is the selected values are woven and incorporated into the speech, so the audience is left in no doubt as to the importance of Rotary values in all that people think, say and do throughout their lives. The selected values should be clear and integrated skilfully into the speech.
There is no need for students to introduce themselves or their topic as this is done by the Master of Ceremonies. It reduces the time the speaker has and detracts from an impactful opening.
|Calendar 2022||Year 6||Year 10|
|Club Heats||1-5 Aug||25-29 July|
|Semi Finals||15-19 Aug||8-12 Aug|
|District Final||29 Aug||22-26 Aug|
|State Final||–||8 Sept|