Three Halls Head Primary School students in speak-up heats

Sara Chaudhry, Billy Burnside and Isabel de Silva will take part in the heats.
Sara Chaudhry, Billy Burnside and Isabel de Silva will take part in the heats.

HALLS Head Primary School students are being encouraged to speak their minds to their teachers in the lead up to the 2018 Speak Up Awards.

The awards encourage primary school children to discuss meaningful topics by performing speeches for an audience and panel of judges.

More than 100 students auditioned for the event.

Performing Arts teacher Sian Dhu said they’d placed a lot of trust in students and given them very few topic limits.

“They were encouraged to create a speech based on anything they felt passionate about and the results gave a fascinating look into the mindset of our student body,’’ she said.

“Topics ranged through thought-provoking discussion on the damaging nature of expectations, environmental issues and Government to fun debates about art, gender and even wigs.

“Public speaking has a terrifying stigma attached to it.

“Through our involvement in Speak Up we wanted to show our students it can be a fun and powerful tool to be heard.”