By Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander


Bribie RSL Sub-branch President Laurie Leonard has praised the performance of the students who took part in the 2018 RSL sponsored Public Speaking Competition recently. ‘When considering the range of subjects and the professional way that the participants handled them, it seems that the future is in very good hands,’ he said. ‘The RSL has been sponsoring the competition for the past twenty years now and looks forward to continuing with the event for many years,’ he added.

Students from both the Bribie Island State School and the Banksia Beach State School competed against others from their own school this year rather than the inter-school competitions of the past and the judges from both Caboolture and Bribie Island Toastmasters agreed that the standard of the students’ performances was nothing less than excellent. A spokesperson from Toastmasters has said that the judges had a very difficult task to decide the outright winner from each school.

‘The competitors were so good that they would give some of our members a run for their money,’ one high profile Toastmaster was heard to say. When the time came for the judges to announce the results of their deliberations, it was Madelaine D’Rozario from Banksia Beach State School and Lily Togiatama from Bribie Island State School who took out the winners’ awards. I have been told that due to such a high standard being demonstrated this year, all involved are waiting in anticipation for the 2019 event.

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