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The 2019 Theatresports Championship was held at St Francis Xavier College on the 23rd of July.  
A fun filled day was experienced with students from member schools and guest judges from Impro Melbourne were impressed with SIS talent.

All teams performed a 1, 2 and 3 minute game and the competition was very close as the top four teams in each group qualified to the finals.

Congratulations to students from Flinders-Tyabb for winning the Junior and Senior Championship Shields.

Most Supportive Improvisor Award

  Junior - Lauren Bates (Flinders)

  Senior - Miller Marks-Boulto (Berwick)

Best Line Award

  Junior - Millie Griffiths (Balcombe) " She realised she put them in the wrong surgery"

  Senior - Ace Mehegan (St Johns) "The facial recognition doesn't work"

Best Physical Offer

  Junior - Leni Spicer (Balcombe)

  Senior - Finlay Moore (St Peters-CRA)



12 member schools participated in this year’s Teen Chef competition, hosted at St Johns College on the 5th of August 2019.

The theme for this year was 'East meets West' and there were some really surprising combinations such as matcha cake, chai panacotta, tikka masala mac n cheese.  We were fortunate to once again have judges from the ACF to observe, advise and judge the competition. They provided some guidance during the competition to ensure success for all participants.  The judges were very impressed by the techniques that the students used and agreed that the complexity and creativity in dishes were both surprising and impressive for secondary school students.

The St Johns staff were so helpful in preparing the kitchens for the competition, as well as assisting on the day to ensure students had everything they needed. 

Congratulations to all schools involved and especially to our winners - St Johns.
Gold : St Johns
Silver : Berwick Grammar & Cornish College


On the 10th of September, Berwick Grammar hosted the 2019 Chess Championship and the tournament was hosted by ChessKids.

200 students from the following schools participated in the tournament:- Balcombe, Berwick, Casey, Cornish, Flinders, John Paul, Nazareth, Padua, St Francis Xavier, St James, St Johns & St Peters. 

The day was a great collaboration of fellow students playing chess and the spirit of all players from all schools was terrific.

Congratulations to the students from St Peters-Cranbourne campus who were awarded with the Overall Championship Shield.

Nazareth finished in 2nd place & St James finished 3rd.

Our top 5 players:-

1)  D Paulka (St Peters-CRA)

2)  F Moore (St Peters-CRA)

3)  A Ouch (St Peters-CRA)

4)  M Anesidis (St James)

5)  R Rempis (Nazareth)

Congratulations to all students and thank you for your participation.



The 2019 Public Speaking Championship was held on the 7th of May at John Paul College.

Teams from the following schools were registered:-  Balcombe, Berwick, Casey, Cornish, Flinders, John Paul, St Peters, St Francis Xavier, St Johns, St James. 

Congratulations to all students for their convincing and engaging speeches in what was a very close competition.

The SIS Public Speaking competition is always a day of mixed emotions. The nervousness of waiting for your name to be called; the relief when it’s over; the excitement as you prepare your impromptu speech; and the utter dismay when you realise that your 5 minutes of preparation time is up!

Students enjoyed the opportunity to present in front of teachers and peers; and the DAV adjudicators provided useful and encouraging feedback to all students.

Congratulations to our top 3 schools:

  1) Cornish
  2) St Francis Xavier
  3) Casey

The DAV adjudicators were able to provide specific and useful feedback for each speaker, which both students and teachers appreciate. 

Several teachers commented that students are showing a greater interest in public speaking, as the oral presentation now makes up a greater percentage of the unit 4 English assessment.

It is so exciting that SIS can provide students with these opportunities which are great life skills and have a direct influence over academic results, as well as being fun and confidence building!



The Book in a Day Championship was held on the 13th of August.  
This competition provides student's with an opportunity to work together as a team to create an illustrated novella between 4000-6000 words in length.  Prompts are provided upon arrival and a bound book must be presented after 8 hours of hard work.

The final 4 novellas were:-
    The Stolen Crown - Balcombe
    One BIG Step - St Peters-Cranbourne
    Awaken - SFX-Officer
    The Emotional Bear - St James
 Scholastic Books judged the winning Novella... St Peter's-Cranbourne - One BIG Step - Congratulations.

Campion Books awarded the following:-
* Best cover illustration - Padua-Mornington
* Best use of illustrations - Padua-Rosebud
* Most intriguing blurb - Nazareth
* Most memorable character - Casey
* Creative use of prompts - John Paul
* Moving passage of text - Cornish


There were two rounds of debating held at John Paul College in Term 3, followed by semi finals & finals.  The adjudicators from DAV were very impressed with the competing students.

In the senior final Berwick defeated Casey on the topic "That we should abolish jail in favour of house arrest & tracking devices".
The students presented some really interesting arguments and spoke with experience and polish.

SFX-Beaconsfield defeated Berwick in the intermediate final. They debated the topic "That all new buildings should have to pass a beauty test".

St Johns defeated Woodleigh in the junior final with the topic "That we should teach current affairs instead of history".

Congratulations to all students for being involved & representing your school.

SIS Food Technology Co-ordinator's commence planning in April for the Teen Chef Championship held in Term 3 on Monday, 6 August 2018 at St Johns College in Dandenong.

All member schools are invited to participate and the competition is open to students in Years 9 - 11, particularly those who study food at school in Food Technology/Home Economics/Hospitality or other such subject, or have access to another schools Food and Technology program.

If however, there is no such program; the participating students should provide evidence of their suitability and competency from a recognised on-line program. This is to ensure that the students are competent in handling food hygienically and safely operating tools and equipment. Each school is to take responsibility for the selection of students, making their own judgement of the suitability and competency of competitors.

Each school is to field a team of four students that would be working on a single bench.

Each pair of students would be producing a main course item and the other pair a dessert for assessment.

Students need to complete their dishes in the space of 100 minutes plus cleaning up time of approximately 30 minutes.

The participating schools will be given in advance, a list of core ingredients that would have to be used in creating their dishes. This would give students the opportunity of trialling several alternative dishes before the competition day and gaining confidence.

A panel will be arranged for judging the competition.

The SIS Teen Chef Championship is proudly supported by :-    


Date - Tuesday, 1 May 2018

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?
- D
oes 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.