On Friday evening Waverley College hosted the prestigious Lawrence Campbell Oratory competition, attended by staff and students from across each of the GPS and CAS schools. Since its inception in 1935, the Lawrence Campbell Oratory focuses on elocution and the art of speech, inspired by the three Ms of public speaking: Manner, Method and Matter.
On the night, each candidate was required to speak for eight minutes on one of three topics given to them 15 minutes beforehand. One of 13 competitors, Vice Captain Patrick Hoggett, represented the College with confidence and poise. His topic, ‘Both Sides Now’ explored universal ideas of equality, self-efficacy and global politics through an introspective and interpersonal framework. This auspicious moment solidified Waverley’s prominence in the pedagogical realm of public speaking. I congratulate Patrick on his composure and ability to frame ideas so fluidly under timed constraints and in front of an audience of his peers.
Ms Emma Halpin
Convenor of Debating and Public Speaking