As well as joy and cheer during the Christmas holidays, there was one major thing on the mind of Challoner's students from Years 7 to 10. DCGS’ amazing and thrilling speaking contest - Challoner's Speaks. This year’s campaign proved to be a tough and closely fought competition with the contestants putting the judges and audience on the edge of their seats as they enthralled them with their eye-opening speeches.

Excited Audience - Brendan Frank, Year 7
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This year’s topic was very thought-provoking and students were able to interpret it in a number of different ways. Students talked around the famous saying by William Cowper, 'Variety is the spice of life that gives it all its flavour'. Each student performed their speech during their English lessons, creating tough decisions for the teachers as to who they should put into the final. In each year there were six finalists, one from each house.

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The finals took place later on, and as students rushed in with anticipation to support their house, the candidates waited anxiously to deliver their speeches in the electric atmosphere that filled the room. As usual the standard was extremely high - every speech impressing everyone and bringing new ideas to the table. Every finalist talked with passion and confidence about a variety of topics that made their point in a unique way. There were topics that touched you, topics that made you ponder, topics that really drew you into the speech and topics as crazy as Kendo!

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As good as the speeches were, there could only be one winner in each year and so each finalist was determined to win for their house and claim the house points that were at stake. In the end the winner in Year 7 was Aiden Collins from Thorne, for Year 8 it was Tom Zandonati representing Rayner, closely followed by Ben Lee in Holman. In Year 9 Brendon Emmanuel for Newman was the victor and finally George Hiscock for Thorne proved too strong for his competition to come out on top in Year 10. It was a very exciting and tense event and we look forward to next year. Well done to the staff and everyone involved!

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