Students up for speaking challenge

The Lower South East section of the Lions Mad Minute public speaking competition for Year 5 students has culminated with 15 schools vying for perpetual trophies in Mount Gambier.

McDonald Park Primary School’s team of Kai McNamara, Genevieve Ashby and Lucy Horton won the Division 1 trophy for large schools, while Compton Primary had success in Division 2 for small schools. Compton Primary School’s team also won the three awards for individual students, with Zac, Addison and Levi placing first, second and third respectively.

Zac’s subject was ‘I like fast food’, Addison drew the topic living in the country is better than the city and Levi spoke about having a classroom pet. The LSE grand challenge was held at Mount Gambier High School’s Garry Costello Centre. A total of 35 South East schools and nearly 1200 students took part in this year’s Lions Mad Minute competition, which is an initiative of the Lions Club of Mount Gambier.

The Mount Gambier event was followed by the Upper South East Grand Challenge, held at Lucindale. Naracoorte South Primary School won the Division 1 section for large schools, while the team from Mary MacKillop Memorial School at Penola won Division 2 for small schools.

Bree Ellis, Max Lush and Arcain Hong represented Naracoorte South Primary School, while the Mary MacKillop Memorial School team comprised Evie Tilby, Charlie Pearce and Poppy Flint. Evie Tilby, Sienna Clark from Rendelsham Primary School and Charlie Pearce placed first, second and third respectively in the individual awards. Other schools represented were Beachport Primary, Kangaroo Inn Area, Kingston Community, Lucindale Area, Millicent North, Naracoorte, Padthaway, Penola, Robe and Saint Anthony’s Catholic primary schools.

This year’s competition involved more than 30 schools and nearly 1200 students in 54 classes.

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