Frayne Speech Festival 2017

Padua College commendably upheld the Mercy tradition of education on the Mornington Peninsula at the annual Frayne Festival of Speech. The mixed team of Year 10 and 11 students proudly represented the College at this year’s host school the Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy which was celebrating 160 years of Mercy education. The day began with a festive atmosphere as we assembled together with the other debating, teams, public speakers and voice choirs. For those who are unsure voice choir is similar to a poetry troupe/performance poetry.

The first session saw Padua take on St Joseph’s College, Mildura. Padua debated “that social media does not destroy relationships’. It was a tightly contested debate that saw us as the victors. It had nothing to do with the fact that Mr Christopher Houlihan made a special appearance as part of our support team. Both the win and the extra support gave us a boost of confidence going into the second session. We debated St Aloysius College, North Melbourne asserting “that the voting age should be lowered to 16”. Again it was another nail biter with us narrowly missing out by only a couple of points. Special mention goes to Matthew Steinbergs who was runner up best speaker.

All the students were excellent ambassadors for the College and were definitely a force to be reckoned with against the other schools. A special thanks to the students, an amazing team of professional debaters, who not only had to be at school for a 7am departure but also represented the College on a student free day. They are truly dedicated. The team consisted of Nathan Derix-Brown, Natahsha Garner, Flinn Gordon, Tessa Houlihan (unable to attend due to illness) and Matthew Steinbergs.

I would like to acknowledge the staff that attended and supported our team so ably: Ms Kelly McGurn, Ms Jessica Connors and the ever important and essential bus driver Mr Jim Baird. It would also be remiss of me not to mention Ms Bridgette Hamilton who managed everything from organising the team to thoroughly preparing the students prior to the day. I am sure that without Ms Hamilton’s expertise we might not have been so successful at the competition. Congratulations to all involved. I cannot wait to see what next year’s competition at Notre Dame College, Shepparton brings.