Poppy does best in Rotary Speech Finals

Plains Rotary Primary Schools’ Speech finals Y5/6 winner Poppy Hart of Dorie School.


Dorie School’s Poppy Hart has taken out the Y5/6 section of the Plains Rotary Primary Schools’ Speech Contest.

The first of the Nelson Building Society speech finals was held at the MSA Bowling Club rooms.

Having advanced through the school cluster in the first round of the competition, seven students participated in the finals from St Joseph’s, Ashburton Christian School, Dorie, Longbeach, Methven Primary, Ashburton Netherby and Mt Somers Springburn schools.

The eventual winner was Dorie’s Poppy Hart.

Holly Burrowes from Longbeach was second, with Jack Gorrie from Mt Somers Springburn and Arlo Parsons of St Joseph’s tied for third.

The students chose entertaining topics ranging from “Mission to Mars” to “What makes a Great Friend”.

The adjudicator, Matt Marshall, praised the students for the high standard they reached and then gave them a few pointers to assist them when they make their next attempts.

Two Honour Roll awards were presented by Plains Rotary Club president Steve Allen to Netherby School’s Ruby Bartlett and Methven Primary’s Juliet Ensor.

The Honour Roll programme was started in Christchurch in 1959 by the then Headmasters’ Association to recognise young students for their citizenship, leadership, school and/or community service, responsibility and character.

– By Jonathan Leask