INFORMATION FOR
SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Year 10 Speaking Contest

ELIGIBILITY

Students who are in Year 10 in 2022 at any secondary school are eligible to enter. A Rotary club must sponsor the school. Each school is linked with a Rotary club.

CONTEST SHEDULE

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

It is recommended that Club heats be conducted during the week commencing 25 -29 July 2022

Semi-finals will take place in the week 8-12 August 2022.

District finals will take place during the week 22-26 August 2022.

The State Final will take place on Monday 8 September 2022.

TOPIC

Each participant may choose their own topic, but the four values of the Rotary Four Way Test must be addressed and woven into the speech:

Of the things we think, say or do:

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

SPEECH LENGTH

The duration of the speech should be six (6) minutes.

A warning bell will sound at five (5) minutes with a final bell at six (6) minutes.

Penalties may apply if time varies by more than 20 seconds either side of 6 minutes.

A Timekeeper will complete a timesheet this will be provided to the Adjudicators to assist in their final assessment.

ADJUDICATION

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

Assessment is made on the following basis:

Inclusion and expansion of four 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.