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.
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.
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
Topics for the Quarter and Semi Finals:
A better way
Cars of the future
Escape from the city
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
Need more information?
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 -
"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
"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