Word has it Darcy was good

HUMOUR got the message across for three Burringbar Public School students who defeated young speakers from across the Far North Coast at an inter-school public speaking competition last week.

Year Six student Darcy Robertson won the senior competition with a comical speech about phobias and fears, and was so entertaining even his competition laughed along.

That's Life was the subject of nine-year-old Louise Grace's speech that won her lots of laughs and the junior competition at the Far North Coast Schools Public Speaking Final held at Banora Point Public School last week.

The romance between Robin Hood and Maid Marion was the subject of Cameron Tartan's speech that won him third place in the competition that attracts students from as far south as Coffs Harbour.

“Considering there are only 110 students at the school, to have two of the three category winners and one third place is an incredible achievement,” said assistant principal at Burringbar, John Graham.

“The children have put a lot of effort into their speeches and really focused on not just educating, but entertaining as well.

“It is a lot easier to get your message across if it is delivered in an entertaining manner.”

The whole school community, from the teachers to parents got behind the three young speakers who were judged the best after a whole school competition where students from Kindergarten and Year One gave informal speeches to their classmates and pupils from Year Two to Six. Each delivered speeches, with the best three chosen to represent the school at the recent final.

“To my mind I think that this is best the school has ever done, and I am unsure whether any other school has had two winners and one placegetter in the same year,” Mr Graham said, adding that the school had entered speakers in the competition for the past 19 years.

“The adjudicators had great things to say about all three of our speakers, but it was Darcy's speech, and the fact that he was so convincing he had all the other finalists in his category nodding along, that really impressed the judges.

“In fact one adjudicator said Darcy would have a great debating career ahead of him once he starts high school next year.

“And as his classroom teacher I would have to agree - he loves a good argument,” Mr Graham said with joking affection.

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