“There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience.” – Alexander Gregg
In the month of March every year, RMS hosts its annual Speech Night for Primary and Junior Students, and Debate Night for the Grade 7’s and 8’s. Parents are invited to enjoy seeing their children present over the course of the evening. The whole school turns into an auditorium with individual classrooms hosting their speeches. By 6 pm, there is pin-drop silence, and with the introduction bell, each class starts their public speaking!
So, how do the teachers and students work together to prepare for this day?
Rehearsals start as early as January, when topics are chosen and researching is completed. Then, teachers guide students through writing, editing, and re-writing their speeches. Soon our hallways and classrooms buzz with students practicing their speeches. Cue-cards are used to overcome any uncertainty remaining, and on the final day, we see students standing with poise and confidence, all ready to deliver their speeches!
Click below to see a Grade 1 student presenting their speech.
While captivating an audience is a skill that takes years to develop, starting as early as Grade one helps RMS students to perform better. By hosting Speech Night every year, RMS is not only enhancing public speaking skills, but also nurturing confidence in each student’s abilities.