About Wynspeak
 
WYNSPEAK, a youth public speaking competition for secondary school students in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, was established to provide students with an opportunity to practice and test their public speaking skills in front of a live audience. Through this comprehensive program students develop a skill for life. Since the inauguration of Wynspeak, over 1000 students have participated.
 
The competition is designed for secondary students who:
  • Want to improve their public speaking skills.
  • Want to test their public speaking ability against students from other schools.
  • Want to compete for cash prizes and trophies for the best speakers.
 
As a joint project between Hoppers Crossing Apex and the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing, WYNSPEAK has also partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Altona City, Caroline Springs and Melton. Local Toastmasters Clubs provide support with adjudication.
 
Everyone encounters situations where public speaking skills are necessary whether it be at school, at work, or just being a good conversationalist in your personal life. 
Public speaking is often feared, but by speaking publicly on a regular basis, the skill can be mastered.
  • School Registrations Close: 26 November 2021
  • Student Nominations Due:  1 April 2022
  • Round 1: Thur 28 April, Thomas Carr College Performing Arts Centre
  • Round 2: Tue 3 May, Thomas Carr College Performing Arts Centre
  • Round 3: Thur 5 May, Altona Civic Theatre
  • Round 4: Tue 10 May, Hoppers Crossing Secondary College
  • Round 5: Thur 12 May, Lakeview Senior College- Caroline Springs
  • Round 6: Tue 17 May, Mackillop Catholic Regional College
  • Round 7: Thur 19 May, Lakeview Senior College- Caroline Springs
  • Round 8: Tue 24 May, Tarneit Senior College
  • WYNSPEAK Final: Wed 1 June, Thomas Carr College Performing Arts Centre
Senior Winner, 2016, Tayla Buller (click photo for video)
Senior Winner, 2021, Alfi Huda from Lakeview Senior College.
(Click photo for video)
Junior Winner, 2021, Sam Brooker from Altona College.
(click photo for video)
 
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Schools have yoyo'd in and out of the classroom since the COVID19 pandemic struck. Most of the preliminary rounds were completed when Victoria's lockdown number six was announced. Remarkable agility was required to hold Round 8 and the finals on Zoom. A new set of preparations were key to its success.
  • The Wynspeak Committee held several practice sessions to work out factors such as timekeeping and the logistics of breakout meetings, and how to introduce and spotlight speakers. Also, contingency planning was vital in case of disrupted internet connections.
  • A student rehearsal was held two days before the final where Toastmaster Greg Bowlen provided student coaching on setting up and presenting to a camera, instead of a live audience.
  • Breakout rooms were used for briefing students beforehand, and afterwards for the adjudicators to discuss scoring. The chief adjudicator's son, Paul Ryan, provided the "waiting music" and entertained on acoustic guitar.
  • The Senior category winner, Alfi Huda from Lakeview Senior College, spoke passionately about arranged child marriages (her grandmother was engaged at only 8 months old). Junior category winner, Sam Brooker from Altona College, highlighted environmental problems with plastics. The linked videos above cover their speeches.
The Wynspeak Committee greatly appreciates the efforts by the students, their supporters, the audience, the adjudicators, MC Taylor Morris and Zoom host Sandi Fulcher.  They addressed the many challenges and changes required to make the 2021 Wynspeak Final such a success on Zoom.
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Coordinator for Adjudicators
Coordinator for Caroline Springs Round
Coordinator for Hobsons Bay Round
Coordinator for Masters of Ceremony
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