Ellenbrook: Two Anne Hamersley Primary School public speakers reach Speak Up Award grand final

Anne Hamersley Primary School Year 6 students Sofia Schiaffini (12) of Ellenbrook and Hanshal Goundar (11) of Ellenbrook. Photo: David Baylis
Anne Hamersley Primary School Year 6 students Sofia Schiaffini (12) of Ellenbrook and Hanshal Goundar (11) of Ellenbrook. Photo: David Baylis

TWO rising public speakers from Anne Hamersley Primary School in Ellenbrook will be the school’s first competitors at this month’s Speak Up Award grand final.

Year 6 students Sofia Schiaffini and Hanshal (Ria) Goundar will be among 15 students competing at the state-wide final to be held on September 19 in Menora.

They were chosen out of a pool of more than 150 entries.

Sofia, who has autism, said her speech was based on her experience with the spectrum disorder.

“Last year, I made it to the semi finals with a speech about endangered animals,” she said.

“I just love the feeling after you made a speech (where) everyone is clapping which makes you know that you’ve done your best.”

Ria said she was excited to deliver her speech about bullying, which discussed how it could affect people.

“Everyone has high level speeches, they also have some interesting topics, some of them you can relate to,” she said.

“When you make people think, laugh, cry (in a good way) or maybe smile – that is my favourite thing about public speaking.”

Deputy Principal Robert Guy said it was the second year the school had taken part in the prestigious competition.

“Student communication skills benefit from opportunities presented by public speaking events and have been particular evident in student leadership roles,” he said.

“Some benefits of preparing students for public speaking include building confidence and self-esteem, listening, reading and writing skills.”

He thanked teacher Narelle Salomon for her organisation and coaching before and during the awards.