Sidney Kennedy (left) and Jasper Gotterson – proud winners of the North Coast Multicultural Public Speaking Competition.
Sidney Kennedy (left) and Jasper Gotterson – proud winners of the North Coast Multicultural Public Speaking Competition.

Students excel in words and deeds

It was a day of success last Tuesday for Byron Bay Public School, with big wins in both the North Coast Multicultural Public Speaking Competition and the Bangalow AFL Gala Day.


With seven local primary schools competing, Byron Bay Public School hosted the finals of the public speaking competition with two of their own students taking out top honours.


Byron was represented by Jasper Gotterson, Eliza Gudgeon, Sidney Kennedy and Summer Chasling. The students presented a five-minute prepared speech on a topic related to a multicultural theme. They then presented a second presentation as an impromptu speech.


With a visiting judge adjudicated each speaker, 11-year-old Jasper Gotterson and nine-year-old Sidney Kennedy won both their categories.


Focusing on a multicultural theme, Jasper’s prepared speech was titled ‘Racial Harmony – are we there yet?’ and Sidney’s was titled ‘Every family has a story?’


“I was very nervous but confident and my parents rewarded me with my favourite dessert that evening,” Jasper said.


The school’s deputy principle, Cheryl Booker, said the results reflected the outstanding work of teachers at Byron Bay Public School in teaching public speaking.


“The teachers and students have been working hard on a public speaking program of their own, and this achievement indicated the significance of this program,” Ms Booker said.


On the same day, the Byron Bay Public School AFL team were successful, winning the Bangalow AFL Gala Day.

The team was undefeated, winning all six games they played.


The team will now move onto the next round of the PSSA Knock Out competition in which they will play Banora Point who is coached by Byron’s previous principal Dean Files.


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