Year 6 Speaking Contest


Students who are in Year 6 in 2022 at any primary school within Rotary District 9455 are eligible to enter. A Rotary club must sponsor the school. Rotary clubs are encouraged to sponsor schools that are in the catchment of the Rotary club’s linked secondary school.


Primary Schools should prepare their students during Term 2. School confirmation and registration of student names will close 30th June 2022.

It is recommended that Rotary club heats be conducted during the week 1-5 August 2022.

Semi Finals will follow during the week 15-19 August 2022.

A District Final is scheduled in the week 29 August-2 September 2022.


Each participant may choose their own topic, but at least two (2) of the values of the Rotary Four Way Test must be woven into the speech. Students will not be penalized for using only two of the Four Way Test values. Students will not be awarded extra marks should they use more than two values.

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


The duration of the speech should be three (3) minutes.

A warning bell will sound at two (2) minutes with a final bell at three (3) minutes.

Penalties may apply if time varies by more than 20 seconds either side of three (3) minutes.

A Timekeeper will complete a time sheet which will be provided to the Adjudicators to assist in their final assessment.


School level: At the discretion of the school.
Club heats: One Adjudicator accredited with Rostrum or Toastmasters and at least one Rotarian who is familiar with the Rotary judging process.
Semi-finals/Final: All Adjudicators will be accredited with Rostrum or Toastmasters with a clear understanding of, and experience in, Rotary-style adjudication.


Assessment is made on the following basis:

Inclusion and expansion of two of the values of the Rotary Four Way Test woven into the speech.

It is important to demonstrate how Rotary values affect and influence us, and the speaker, in everyday life.

Students offer a considered and balanced review of their topic.

Points presented clearly and supported by appropriate evidence.

Appeal to the audience.

Please note:

Palm cards are permitted but their use should not detract from the overall presentation.

No other props are permitted.

A stand-alone microphone must be provided by Rotary clubs for club heats, semi-finals and the final.