Halton District School Board’s Public speaking competitions held in English and French

English competition to be held on April 12 at White Oaks Secondary School

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Each year, the Halton District School Board hosts public speaking competitions in Canada’s two official languages.

The Board will be hosting an English public speaking competition involving approximately 20 students in Grade 9-12 on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at White Oaks Secondary School (1330 Montclair Dr., Oakville). The public can attend this free event.

The event provides separate competitions for Junior (Grade 9-10) and senior (Grade 11-12). Students speak on any subject they choose for 5-6 minutes without a microphone and be judged on organization, effectiveness originality, grammar, delivery, voice, body language, eye contact, grammatical correctness, enthusiasm and pronunciation. The judging panel will include Associate Director of Education David Boag, Board trustees Kim Graves and Kelly Amos, and a member of the Oakville Toast Masters.

Kyle Stewart, White Oaks Secondary School teacher and co-organizer of the April 12 event, said public speaking is a skill that can benefit studentsin their education pursuits as well as in the workforce.

“This event is an opportunity for students to showcase their strengths in public speaking,” Stewart said. “We are expecting a tough competition and fantastic speeches from these exceptional students.”

Prizes will be awarded to the winners in the Junior and Senior categories.

Last week, the Board held its French public speaking competition for more than two-dozen elementary and secondary students. The winning students will represent the Board at the Canadian Parents for French Public Speaking Regionals at the Glendon campus of York University on Saturday May 14, 2016.

The winners were in the following categories:

Elementary

  1. Core French Junior – Manahil Sabrini W.H. Morden Public School;
  2. Intermediate – Urmi Sheth, W.H. Morden Public School;
  3. Extended French Junior – Alish Ahmed, W.H. Morden Public School,
  4. Intermediate – Sara Zia, W.H. Morden Public School;
  5. Francophone Plus (FSL+) Junior – Jose Milan, Forest Trail Public School,
  6. Intermediate – Julia Mistele, Sunningdale Public School,
  7. French Immersion Junior – Vanditha Widyalankar, Tiger Jeet Singh Public School;
  8. Intermediate – Abigayle Burnette, Rolling Meadows Public School.

Grade 11-12 students

  1. French as a mother tongue –  Nicolas Génier, White Oaks Secondary School (WOSS)
  2. French Immersion –  Abdulrahman Al Bochi, WOSS
  3. Extended French – Afif Bhimani, WOSS

Grade 9-10 students

  1. French Immersion – Danyaal Irfan, Iroquois Ridge
  2. Core French – Abi Sudharsham, WOSS
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