Public Speaking

Public Speaking – The Gavel Club

Rossmoyne Senior High School is proud to develop the art of public speaking within our students.

This public speaking program, called the Gavel Club, will be run by Toastmasters International and benefits all students.

In the club students will have a safe and organised place to learn about both speech preparation and presentation and will also understand the importance of honing their listening skills. During the course the students will gain self-confidence and realise how to make a good speech into a great speech. Impromptu speaking, the art of speaking coherently with no preparation is also an important aspect of the program.

The Gavel Club will be run by an experienced Toastmaster who undertakes the role of speech training for the members. As students develop their skills leadership positions within the Club will become available. The Club is unfortunately limited to a group of about 20 students, but every effort will be made to incorporate keen and motivated students.

Communication is one of the most sought after skills by recruitment personnel and this course would make an outstanding addition to a student’s resume. Additionally, the expertise gained could be invaluable towards an application for a competitive university position. In addition to the above benefits of joining, students who effectively complete their various speeches will be awarded a Year 12 ‘C’ Grade for purposes of graduation.

The Gavel Club currently meets twice a week, Monday 3.20pm – 4.20pm and Thursday 3.20pm – 4.20pm, during school terms.

Talk to the school’s Leadership Coordinator for more information.


Leadership Coordinator: Mr Dane Williams: Dane.Williams@education.wa.edu.au


The Speech and Leadership Contest

The Speech and Leadership Contest, held since 1968, promotes a sense of self confidence, self-reliance and community involvement and seeks to promote and develop leadership among young people. The Executive Chair of this organisation is Professor Lyn Beazley AO, West Australian of the Year (2015), and former Chief Scientist of Western Australia.

In 2017, Zac Coleman won the Royal Commonwealth Society Speech and Leadership Contest’s Malcolm McCusker Leadership Award. This Award attracted a prize of $250 and places Zac in great stead for his future endeavours.

The Rotary 4–Way Test Speech Contest

The Rotary 4-Way Test Speech Contest is open to Year 10 students each year and is run in partnership with the Rotary Club of Canning, formerly Rossmoyne.

Contestants present a five-minute speech on a topic of their interest, applying the ethical principles of the Rotary 4-Way Test:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR for all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL for all concerned?

The contest takes place over several rounds from club through to district levels, culminating in the State Final.

In 2019, District finalist and Bernie Masters Trophy winner Elise Hilder achieved second place in the State Final. Other notable past entrants include former Head Girl Belinda Teh and Bernie Masters Trophy winner Samyuktha Ramesh.


For further information, contact English Teacher Joanne Ray. Joanne.Ray@education.wa.edu.au