SIS Co-ordinators will nominate 2 Junior students (Years 7 & 8) and 2 Intermediate students (Years 9 & 10) to form 1 school team.

It is expected that all participants will compete with the objective of the SIS in a “spirit of co-operation and fairness”.


Competition Format

Each participating school may register 1 team consisting of FOUR students which includes 2 students from Years 7-8 (Junior) and 2 students from Years 9-10 (Intermediate).

Each participant will complete 2 speeches – a prepared and impromptu.

The topics for the prepared speeches will be prepared by SIS.

The topics for the impromptu speeches will be prepared by DAV.  Each participant in the impromptu round will be provided with 2 topics, from which he/she will then choose 1 of those topics for the speech. Each participant will have 5 minutes preparation time before they must commence their speech. Notes can be made during this preparation time, but the students are not allowed to receive any assistance from other students or their teacher.  Electronic devices must not be used and students will be disqualified from the competition if applicable.

Junior speakers will be allowed 2-3 minutes for prepared speeches and 1–2 minutes for impromptu speeches, with a knock given 30 seconds prior to their time expiring.

Intermediate speakers will be allowed 3-4 minutes for prepared speeches and 2–3 minutes for impromptu speeches, with a knock given 30 seconds prior to their time expiring.

All speeches will be awarded points by independent adjudicators. The marking scheme shall be as follows:- Matter – 50 Manner – 50 = 100 points per speaker.

At the end of the 4th round (impromptu speeches), all points from the 4 rounds will be tallied and the team with the highest points score shall be judged champion school. If 2 or more teams are equal on points, the team with the highest individual score from the 4 rounds will be judged the champion school and will receive the awards.

A shield will be presented to the Champion school and individual badges awarded to the winning students.

A competition program will be provided to all schools.


Adjudication Criteria

There are 4 key components to a successful speech:-

1.    The subject matter for the prepared speech should be persuasive in some way;

       (NOTE: impromptu speeches may be descriptive rather than persuasive)

2.    The subject matter should be well constructed;

3.    The delivery must be convincing and engaging;

4.    The words of the speech should be concise, precise and accessible to the audience

The sub-criteria are matter and manner.

Matter involves:

Subject matter of the speech -
- Does it aim to be persuasive?
- Is it well-reasoned?
- Is it engaging? 
- Is there a clear sense of “message” in the speech?

Structure of the speech, in as much as it refers to logical development of the speech -
- Does the speech make its purpose clear at the start?
- Does the speech have a clear structure? Does the speech develop its ideas logically?

Manner involves:
Style of speaking -
- Fundamental tools of persuasiveness : clear speech and eye contact
- Voice / Body language
- Dramatic monologues are not encouraged
- Does the speaker tailor his/her speaking style to their content?
- Is the speech varied enough to hold the audience’s attention?
- Cues: notes are allowed, but shouldn’t interfere.  Overuse of cue cards/A4 sheets are not encouraged
- Props are not allowed
- Microphones and lecterns are not allowed
- The speech should be delivered with conviction and emphasis, but the delivery should not distract from the content.


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