Over the next 2 weeks, there is a change in our homework expectations. All students will need to write an important speech. The details for these speeches are given below.
As we expect a high standard from all of you, there will be no other homework set this week apart from your reading log.
Next week, we will expect you to reflect on the Space video as well. But there will be no Hotmaths or 100 word challenge homework tasks during the next 2 weeks.
Your teacher will take you through the expectations of your speeches. The expectations are given below, but please have a chat to your teacher if you are unsure of any aspect.
Year 5 School Captain Speech
Towards the end of each year, we elect the school captains for the next year.
Now is your chance to use the skills you have been learning in class masters to convince your teachers and peers of all your wonderful qualities that would go towards you becoming an important leader of our school.
Each year 5 student is expected to prepare and present a speech to the 5-6 students outlining their strengths as a leader and what they would bring to the role of school captain.
The criteria and process for becoming school captain are outlined in this document:
School Captains Application and Selection Process
Please download it and read it to get an idea of what you might write.
Speeches will be presented in Week 4 of term (29 October).
All speeches should be emailed to your teacher before the 29th of October, and posted on your blog after you have presented it.
Feel free to speak to your teacher, this year’s captains or last year’s short-listed candidates if you would like advice on creating an outstanding application.
Year 6 Valedictorian Speech
Preparing for Graduation: The Valedictory Speech
With the end of the year fast approaching there are a few key events to prepare for. For our year sixes none is more important than graduation. A key element of the evening is the valedictory speech.
As Grace Fleming explains on About.com the terms “valedictory” and “valedictorian” come from the Latin valedicere, which means “a formal farewell”. Grace goes on to explain “the valedictory should fulfill two goals: it should convey a “sending off” message to the members of a graduating class; but it should also inspire graduating students to leave the comfort and security of their school with a full heart, and to embark on an exciting new adventure.”
This year all year 6s will be expected to write a speech, even if they don’t intend to deliver it on the night. All year 6 students will read their speech in front of all the 5/6s on a date to be announced. You will need a printed copy of your speech to be handed to your teacher by Monday 29th October
For some suggestions go to Grace Fleming’s full article at http://homeworktips.about.com/od/speechclass/qt/valedictory.htm
The internet is full of tips for writing a valedictory speech. YouTube also has many worthwhile samples.
wikiHow includes the following suggestions:
- Keep it in perspective.
- Avoid trying to write something that doesn’t reflect your true self.
- Be open to what the rest of the grade is thinking.
- Create an introduction.
- Thank those people who have made a difference in your life and the lives of other students.
- Add in memories.
- Acknowledge others.
- Stay out of cliche zone.
To fully unpack each of these go to: http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Valedictorian-Speech
The website about education(http://homeworktips.about.com/od/speechclass/qt/valedictory.htm) also provides advice around:
- Know Your Purpose
- Compile a List of Highlights
- Writing the Speech
- Use Anecdotes and Quotes
- Plan for Time
- Tips for Preparing to Speak
Finally http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/style-and-usage/writing-your-valedictorian-speech.html has general tips for Valedictory Speeches including how to begin writing it, getting feedback and involving your peers.
For an example of a recent speech given at an MPPS graduation check out http://grace2012.global2.vic.edu.au/