Public speaking competition poses ethical questions

A child’s perspective on truth and fairness was under the spotlight during the Dungog Rotary Primary Schools Public Speaking Competition.

The final of the annual event was held at Dungog High School on October 30.

This year four of the six feeder primary schools were represented by Archie Lilley from Seaham Public School; Charlotte Robinson from Clarence Town Public School; Ebony Middlebrook and Angelica Francisci from Dungog Public School and Kaitlin Horn from  Gresford Public School.

Speakers were allowed to choose their own topic but relate it in some way to the Rotary “Four Way Test”: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

“All of our very talented speakers managed to address these ethical issues with confidence and demonstrated a clear understanding of the value of The Test,” said Dungog Rotary’s Bob Humphrey.

“The humorous approach by some contestants had the audience laughing, sometimes at themselves.”

A judging panel of three deliberated for some time before declaring Kaitlin Horn the winner with the prize of a donation of $200 to her school. 

“During her speech Kaitlin had told us the prize would mean $2.50 worth of lollies to every pupil at her school thus being very fair to all concerned,” said Mr Humphrey.

The meal for the evening was prepared and presented by Dungog High School’s Year 12 Food Technology students who received a donation of $700 for their efforts. 

If you are interested in finding out more about the importance of Rotary in the Dungog community give Bev a ring on 0427 251 877.