Fintona has a long-standing tradition of excelling in Public Speaking and Debating.
Fintona values the ability to stand up in front of an audience and speak confidently on any topic, whether it be to persuade, explain or unpack any topic.
Whether a student’s interest lies in science, maths, the arts or literature, public speaking and debating skills will put them in the best position to make the most of any opportunity.
The Debating program at Fintona encompasses both internal and external programs. Internally, the House Debating program sees students from Years 7 to12 battle it out on a range of timely and at times humorous topics.
Students in Years 9 to 12 participate in the Debater’s Association of Victoria (DAV) schools competition, competing initially in the Camberwell region competition, with undefeated teams progressing to the finals. In 2020, Fintona’s C Grade (Year 10) took out the State Championship.
Students in Years 7 and 8 participate in the DAV Junior Secondary Program, a friendly inter-school debating competition aimed at training and skill development, before the students enter to the main competition in Year 9.
Students are encouraged to join in additional external programs to support further development of their skills, with many electing to do so, enjoying much success in external programs, including the Victorian State and Australian Debating teams.
Throughout the 125-year history of Fintona, Public Speaking has been a permanent fixture of the curriculum.
Every student from Year 5 to 11 participates in the Elizabeth M Butt Public Speaking Competition. The winner of the Senior Division is also awarded the overall Elizabeth M Butt Cup and presents their winning speech at Valedictory in Term 4.
Fintona students also compete in many external public speaking competitions, including DAV Public Speaking Competitions and the VCAA Plain English Speaking Award. These competitions allow them to gain confidence in varying presentation methods and to develop their impromptu skills.