Voice is a unique public speaking competition for students in Year 7-10. Voice invites you to solve issues that affect your community, nation, and the world. From homelessness to climate change, we want to hear you pitch your big ideas.
Why compete in Voice?
- Develop skills in public speaking and research!
- Hone your ability to think on your feet, assisting you in leadership positions or debating competition in the future.
- Build an increased knowledge about areas pertinent to you as students.
- A chance to meet likeminded and engaged young people.
The competition is split into two parts — the Pitch and Question Time.
Juniors (Years 7-8): 4 minute prepared speech
Seniors (Years 9-10): 5 minute prepared speech
Participants are to outline their solution for the provided topic in as much detail as they deem necessary. Their responses will be assessed in accordance with the criteria outlined below. Delegates may use supportive materials if they believe this will aid in their response; however they may only be used to for demonstrative auxiliary purposes, and not in place of speech. Supportive material can only be taken into account if directly referenced in the proposal. Judges will not detract “points” from a delegate who does not use supportive materials.
Good examples: maps, charts, graphs, timelines
Inadmissible examples: bullet point action plans, detailed explanatory paragraphs,
Judges will not interact with the participants during their Pitch.
All participants: 2 minute response
Participants are to answer two questions posed by the judging panel in regard to their solutions. Their responses will be assessed in regard to both the general criteria, as well as the additional criteria below.
Judges may ask any and all questions pertaining to the substance of the proposal as outlined in the sub-sections of the Matter judging criteria. Questions will only be directed towards the proposed solution, but may include aspects the participant has not touched upon.
Participants may ask for clarification regarding a question, however may not enquire as to the validity, completeness, or relevance of their responses.
Participants may choose not to answer a question; however this is not viewed favourably. Brevity and concise responses are viewed favourably. Responses to questions will also be reviewed in regards to the following criteria:
- Comprehensiveness of the response to the question
- Addition of new information
- Evidence of a strong level of research/knowledge
- Justification of response
- Succinctness and brevity of response
Both the Pitch and Question Time are taken into account for the judging process. The three core areas that are judged in a participant’s speech in both The Pitch and Question Time are, in order of importance: Matter, Manner, and Method.