The 20th annual Maria Kisich Public Speaking Competition will be held on Thursday 7th June, 2018, starting at 6.15pm.

Speakers will present from four divisions – Upper Primary, Junior (Years 7/8), Intermediate (Years 9/10) and Senior (Years 11/12).

This year, we will be welcoming the inaugural winner, Emma Arbeau (née Rupcic) (winner 1999, 2000) to present the Maria Kisich Trophy for the best overall speech. We are also excited to announce that Dr Tim Wiles, the most prolific winner of the Maria Kisich Trophy (winner 2005, 2007, 2008), is returning as a guest speaker.

We warmly invite everyone to join us for this entertaining evening in the P7/P8 classrooms.

Good luck to all SMGS students who are participating in this year’s competition. We are looking forward to an engaging evening of compelling, thought-provoking and comical musings from our speakers!

Emma receiving the trophy in 2000 from the head adjudicator, June McPhie, who was a local lawyer and who went on to head the Law Society of NSW.

Tim in 2007 (when in Year 11) with the trophy and a collection of 2008 (Year 12) expressive images taken while he was speaking!

2017 winners: Upper Primary – Emily Willsmer (Stories), Junior (Years 7-8) – Sophie Goninan (Pets), Intermediate (Years 9-10) – Willem Baldwinson (Direct finances to current human needs rather than nuclear deterrents), Senior (Years 11 – 12) – Rebecca Matthes (Lasts – better than firsts).