Griffith East Public school hosts public speaking finals and debating gala day

Parents across Griffith will no doubt be enjoying a relaxing night as their children come home all talked and argued out following the the Premiers multicultural public speaking competition and a debating gala day held this week.

The statewide competitions have been running for 22 years, with the zone knockout finals this year hosted by Griffith East Public School thanks to organiser Vince Conlan who was full of praise for the students. “They were fantastic some of the best I’ve seen,” he said.

Taking out first place in the years 3-4 session was Rahni Cabahug from Hanwood Public, with Jesse Ryan and Oliver Young both from East coming in as runners up.

But even before the results came in the days were a big hit with students like 11-year-old Alani Stewart who said she relished the opportunity to push herself.

Part of the Griffith East Eagles team Alani said she and her peers had been practising in class as part of their studies into media.

“We talk about things like screen time and how apps like Facebook  can be bad for kids because things can happen like getting hacked or bullied,” she explained.

Despite the many practical benefits of the days there was also an element of pure enjoyment for many students, especially when it came to debating according to 11-year-old Emily Crooks. “It is just really fun, because you get to argue,” she laughed.