Why not expand your horizons and boost your confidence? Rostrum Public Speaking Clubs in the ACT can give you the support and guidance you need to express yourself in front of an audience.

Whether you want to speak at a wedding, get the message across at work or just improve your confidence, practice with a friendly group at Rostrum is an easy and inexpensive way to achieve your goals. By practising the art of speaking before an audience at a meeting every week or fortnight, our members have found that they rapidly become comfortable presenting speeches.

You, too can develop the communication skills necessary to put your point across in a manner that is clear and easy for the listening audience. Rostrum can also assist you in running effective meetings, and teach you how to avoid “Death by Powerpoint”.

If you live in in Canberra or nearby, you’ll find a Rostrum club within easy reach. You can choose to attend at lunchtime or after hours.

Find the location of a public speaking club near you in Canberra or regional ACT and contact the membership officer to visit the club or for more information. 

Primary Schools Competition

Click here for more information on the Primary Schools Competition

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Abigail Sellars with the 2018 New Speaker of the Year trophy

 

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CANBERRA CITY
Civic Club
Lunchtime - Tuesdays 12:35 pm Hellenic Club in the City, Moore Street Canberra City ACT 2601

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Canberra City Evening Club  
Evenings - alternate Wednesdays 6:30 pm Canberra Club, 51 Blackall Street Barton

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SOUTHSIDE
Phillip Club

Lunchtime - Tuesdays 12:35 pm Meeting Room 2, Weston Creek Community Centre

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SOUTHSIDE
Woden Club 

Evenings - alternate Wednesdays 7:30 pm Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street Woden ACT 2606

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Yass Club
Evenings - 2nd and 4th Monday of the month 6:30 pm  Yass Soldiers Club, Meehan Street Yass NSW 2582 

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The Rostrum ACT Primary Schools Speaking Competition

Great news for primary school students! The Rostrum Primary School Speaking Competition is going ahead in 2021 after cancellation in 2020 due to the Covid crisis.

A list of schools that have registered for the competition in 2021 is shown below, if your school intended to enter but is not on this list, please contact the competition coordinator as soon as possible at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rostrum has been running a Primary Schools Speaking Competition for nearly 50 years for schools in the ACT and surrounding areas of New South Wales. Each school is invited to enter one competitor into the competition after running a selection process in their own school.

School Finals are held at each participating school at a time and date of their choosing. School Finals shall select a Winner and Reserve. (The Reserve is needed in case the Winner is unable to attend the Quarter Final).

The Quarter and Semi Finals are held in the evening at a host school. Topics for the Quarter and Semi Finals are provided by Rostrum. Each student speaks for 3 minutes with a warning bell at 2 minutes. Rostrum adjudicators will assess each speech and determine the Winner and Runner Up, both of whom will proceed to the next round.

The Grand Final will be held on 6 September at a venue to be determined.

All competitors receive a certificate at the Quarter Final, Semi-Final, and Grand Final. The Grand Final winner and runner up receive medallions and trophies, and the winning school will receive the Perpetual Shield to hold for the next year.

School Finals are conducted by each participating school at their discretion but before 31 May. Quarter and Semi Finals are conducted at host schools in the evening from June to August. Details of venues and dates for the Quarter Finals will be forwarded to schools after all Registrations have been received. The Grand Final will be held on 6 September at a venue to be advised.

Participating Schools:

Gungahlin - Amaroo, Franklin, Good Shepherd, Harrison, Margaret Hendry, Mother Teresa, Neville Bonner, Ngunnawal & Palmerston

Belconnen - Aranda, Charnwood, Cranleigh, Evatt, Florey, Fraser, Giralang, Hawker, Kaleen, Kingsford Smith, Latham, Macquarie, Miles Franklin, Maribyrnong, Mt Rogers, Radford, St John the Apostle, St Matthew, St Michael, St Monica, St Thomas Aquinas, St Vincent & Weetangera

Inner North - Ainslie, Campbell, Lyneham, Majura, North Ainslie, Rosary, St Joseph, Turner

Inner South - Canberra Grammar, Canberra Girls Grammar, Forrest, Red Hill, Yarralumla

Woden - Curtin, Farrer, Garran, Holy Trinity, Hughes, Sacred Heart, Sts Peter and Paul & Torrens

Weston Creek - Arawang, Chapman, Charles Weston, St Jude & St John Vianney

Tuggeranong - Caroline Chisholm, Calwell, Gilmore, Gowrie, Holy Family, Monash, Namadgi, St Anthony, St Clare of Assisi, St Francis of Assisi, Taylor & Theodore

Queanbeyan - The Anglican, Jerrabomberra & Queanbeyan South

Cooma - Snowy Mountains Christian School, Snowy Mountains Grammar & St Joseph

Yass - Boorowa Central, Gundaroo, Mt Carmel, St Joseph, Sutton & Yass

If your school intended to register but is not in this list please contact the competition coordinator as soon as possible by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Schools should advise the name of your school finalist by 31 May. If you need any further information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Topics for the Quarter and Semi Finals:

A better way 

Assistance animals

Cars of the future

Escape from the city

Glaciers

Going to Mars

I took a big risk

The Year of the Ox

 

Topics for the Grand Final will be advised two weeks prior to the Grand Final.

 

Venues for the Quarter and Semi Finals

Quarter and Semi Finals are conducted at host schools in the evening.

The success of the Rostrum Primary School Competition means that we now have about 90 schools participating each year.  To give each school finalist and the Rostrum judges a fair chance we like to have about 8 schools competing in each of the quarter and semi-finals.  In practice, this entails 12 quarter finals and 4 semi-finals.

This means we require 14 school venues for finals.  It is of considerable assistance to us if we have more than 14 offers as this helps us to schedule only one final per evening.  If your school hosts a quarter final, your competitor will be able to compete at your venue. Rostrum will work with host schools to ensure compliance with all COVID requirements and restrictions.

How do you help?

Simply indicate your willingness to host a quarter final or semi-final on the online Registration Form, and your preferred dates, Monday to Thursday evenings.  The more offers we have the easier and quicker it will be to produce a finals program meeting everyone's needs.

Calendar of Events

3 - 28 May - School Finals held

16 June - 22 July - Quarter Finals held

4 - 19 August - Semi Finals held

6 September - Grand Final

 

The winners of the 2013 competition show their certificates 

 

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Hints for Students

Guidelines for Teachers and Parents

Guidelines for hosting Rostrum quarter finals and semi-finals

 

Videos of Rostrum Speeches available via You Tube

From the 2017 Grand Final

Enjoy the speeches from the 2017 Grand Final by clicking on the YouTube link for each speaker -

Competition Speeches

"A Winning Formula" by Heli L., Mt Rogers Primary School, Melba - https://youtu.be/FbjoCpayXvM 

"Adapting to Change" by Marama H., Campbell Primary School - https://youtu.be/e0pWGgMwS7g 

"Adapting to Change" by Luca H.,  Holy Family Primary School, Gowrie - https://youtu.be/txVT8U1oAWQ 

"Citizenship" by Clancy P., Marist College Junior School, Pearce - https://youtu.be/FgxfLDfiBJk 

"Making A Difference" by Akira B., Lyneham Primary School - https://youtu.be/4akPyGv_HXE 

"Making A Difference" by Katie P., Torrens Primary School - https://youtu.be/hpftrqgFI1M 

"Adapting to Change" by Oliver S.-H., Rosary Primary School, Watson - https://youtu.be/itE1hWPvI2M 

"Making a Difference" by Kabir B. of Neville Bonner Primary School, Bonner - https://youtu.be/LKleXHRG8ms 

Guest Speakers

"Endangered Species" by Tristan P. of Yass Public School - https://youtu.be/bUpE8NmNfDM 

"Australia Day" by Aysha C. of Gold Creek Primary School - https://youtu.be/iUxwzO_5-uU 

"A Quiet Achiever" by Audry K. of Canberra Girls Grammar School, Deakin - https://youtu.be/z88_AnzUXRk 

From the 2016 Grand Final

Winners and Losers by Alex M. of St Matthew's Primary School, Page (Winner)

Facing Your Fears by Kien L. of Palmerston District Primary School  (Runner-Up)

Facing Your Fears by Amal P. of Gold Creek Schoo

Risky Business by Amy S. of Jerrabomberra Public School

Facing Your Fears by Mia B. of Canberra Girls Grammar Junior School

Making a Movie by Annika M. of Majura Primary School

Go Wild! by Matthew P. of Fraser Primary School

From the 2016 Semi-finals

Keeping up with Technology by Laura C. of Yarralumla Primary School

Oceans by William B. of Theodore Primary School

Going to Rio by Mariah D. of Arawang Primary School

Oceans by Letitia M. of Jindabyne Central School

I need more time! by Olivia K. of St Jude's Primary School, Holder

Oceans by Bella C. of Gordon Primary School

The Year of the Monkey by Lily O. of Garran Primary School (guest speaker)

From the 2015 Grand Final

Canberra by by Noah G. of Canberra Grammar (Junior) School (Winner)

Pluto by Annie N. of Saints Peter and Paul Primary School (Runner Up

Pluto by Brooke C. of Canberra Girls Grammar Junior School

My Grandparent’s School by Amy S. of Jerrabomberra Public School

Pets are Important by Zoe W. of Yass Public School

Household Chores by Ella B. of Monash Primary School

When I Grow Up by Louise G. of Radford College Junior School

The ANZACs by William B. of Theodore Primary School (Guest Speaker)

 

From the 2015 Semi-finals

The best things about my home are . . ., by Geordan T. of Garran Primary School

Sheep, Matthew C., Hawker Primary School

The ANZACs, Marty M., St Josephs, Boorowa.

If I could fix . . . by Mila B of Rosary Primary Schoo

The ANZACs by Pryor H. of Florey Primary School

Light, by Callan C. of Giralang Primary School

The ANZACs by Anouk S - M. of Turner Primary School

The ANZACs by Rahul K. of Amaroo Primary School

The best things about my home are . . . by Zoe W. of Yass Public School

If I could fix . . . by Emily G. of Radford College Junior School

If I could fix . . . by Rosie B. of St Joseph’s Primary School, O’Conner

 

 

from the 2014 Grand Final

Imagination is valuable because . . ., Noah G., Canberra Grammar (Junior) School (Winner)

The Horse, Molly R, Jindabyne Central School, (runner up)

Imagination is valuable because, Tanatswa S, Gold Creek Primary School

The Wilderness, Thomas L., Majura Primary School

Imagination is valuable because, Ira Cruz, Harrison Primary School 

from the 2014 Semi-finals

Why being happy is important, by Luke R., St Francis of Assisi Primary School

If you knew what I knew about Unicorns,  by Vince P.,  Mawson Primary School

If you knew what I knew. . .,  Brenna C., of North Cooma Public School

My Hero, Maheen R., Farrer Primary School

If you knew what I know about Santa Clause, Toby M., Chapman Primary School

All the world needs is ice cream, Ella H., Holy Family Primary School

My Hero, Annie N., Sts Peter and Paul Primary School

If you knew what I knew, Molly R., Jindabyne Central School

This is living, Tom M., St Joseph’s Primary School, Boorowa

This is living, Shannon G., St Monica’s Primary School, Evatt (sorry we did not record the first words)

All the World needs is . . ., Joseph B., St Vincent de Paul Primary School

If you knew what I knew. . ., Ira C., Harrison Primary School

This is living, Cian B., Weetangera Primary School

This is living, Thomas L., Majura Primary

All the world needs, Nick W., Macquarie Primary School.

My Hero, Tanatswa D. Gold Creek School

All the World needs is No Rostrum, Robin F.  Miles Franklin Primary School

My Hero, Ben J., Hawker Primary School

 

 

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