On Tuesday 22 October, 29 wonderful students of Japanese participated in the annual Tasmanian Japanese Speech Contest with over 300 students from over 30 schools around the state.
As anyone who has ever entered this type of event will know, making a speech that will be judged is a daunting task in itself, but making a speech in a second language is even more challenging!
The students began practicing early in September, supported by Shimomura sensei, Aran sensei and Kumashiro sensei. Students regularly met before school, at recess and lunchtimes, as well as practicing intensively at home.
All of the students can be very proud of their hard work and effort! おめでとうございます (omedetou gozaimasu – congratulations) A few students were lucky enough to be recognised amongst their year level for presenting particularly outstanding speeches.
Daniel Prakash Mathew
Joel Richards Bryon Shaji
An extra congratulations to the following students:
First place – Tanishka Kumrai
Honourable mention – Betty Opi
First place – Callum Kelly
Second place – Abigail Doran
Honourable mentions – Cameron Moase and Jaxon Chick
Third place – Taylah Bernes
Honourable mention – Connor Eastley
First place – Dione Oloroso
Honourable mention – Harry Breslin