Students shine while speaking for the planet

30 May, 2017Posted in: Events
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Wingecarribee Shire Council would like to congratulate all students involved in the inaugural Speaking 4 the Planet competition held in May.

The public speaking and drama competition was held on Friday 19 May 2017 at Chevalier College.

Run in conjunction with June’s World Environment Day, Speaking 4 the Planet provided an opportunity for students to engage in and speak about environmental issues.

“Local high school students were invited to deliver prepared or impromptu speeches or performances with a quirky twist,” said organiser Phil Smith from 4Sustainability Education Consultancy.

“They all performed brilliantly and spoke passionately.”

Council’s Environmental Projects Officer, Joe Stammers explained that this year’s World Environment Day theme, Connecting People to Nature, encourages people to rediscover the beauty and value of our natural environments.

“The theme implores people to get outside and into nature,” he said. “Here they can discover the natural world around them and learn how they can protect it.”

Now in its fifth year this was the first time the competition had been held in the Southern Highlands.

Prizes for the competition were kindly donated by Bunnings Mittagong and Paddy Pallin with the winner of the prepared speech to deliver their talk to an upcoming Meeting of Council.

Special congratulations to the following students and schools:

Prepared speech

Winner: William Koek (Bowral HS)

Runner-up: Chloe Johnston (Chevalier College)

Impromptu Speech

Winner: Hayden Koek (Bowral HS)

Runner-up: Beth Hansen (Chevalier College)


Winner:  Chevalier College (Zachary Vella, Jemima Roberts, Luke McClay, Sam Malone and Ellie Herring)

Runner-up: Bowral HS (Alex Paviour, Bridget Moore, William Koek, Hayden Koek and Sophie Hall)


As winner of the prepared speech, William Koek from Bowral High School has been invited to deliver his speech at the public Council Meeting of Wednesday 14 June 2017.