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2018 Frayne Speech Festival


Voice Choir Winners – Mount Lilydale Mercy College, Lilydale


Thirteen Mercy schools from around the State attended the 23rd Annual Frayne Speech Festival on Friday 17 August, which this year was hosted by Notre Dame College in Shepparton.


There was a real buzz from the moment staff and students arrived at the College and the Festival sprang into life with exceptional performances from well-rehearsed and prepared students.


The technical and unique play on delivery of words challenged the Voice Choirs to present a piece (poem or prose) with speech (not singing) in unison, using the same inflections, tonal qualities and pronunciation. Hours of work and preparation have gone into these performances. Public speaking contestants demonstrated superior skills and talents in verbal communication and the power of speech.


Whilst debating teams performed to the highest standards using well honed arguments, clever rebuttals and some clever risk taking were offered in response. Congratulations were extended to the staff and students of Notre Dame College for the detailed planning and organisation of the Festival, for their time, passion and expertise.


Overall results for the 2018 Festival:



  • Winner Ashleigh Brooks Sacred Heart College, Kyneton
  • Runner-up Rosie Bourke Sacred Heart College, Geelong



  • Winner: Emmanuel College, Warrnambool
  • Runner-up: Padua College, Mornington
  • Best Overall Speaker: Finn Laidler Emmanuel College, Warrnambool



  • Winner: Mount Lilydale Mercy College, Lilydale
  • Runner-up: Emmanuel College, Warrnambool


The 2019 Frayne Speech Festival will be hosted by Sacred Heart College, Geelong, VIC.


Ashleigh Brooks – Winner Best Public Speaker Sacred Heart College, Kyneton


Finn Laidler – Best Overall Speaker, Emmanuel College, Warrnambool


Voice Choir Runners Up – Emmanuel College, Warrnambool


Rosie Bourke – Runner Up Best Public Speaker Sacred Heart College, Geelong


Students from Padua College, Mornington


Debating Runners Up – Padua College, Mornington


Debating Winners – Emmanuel College, Warrnambool



St Aloysius students attending the Frayne Speech Festival


Adjudicators at the Frayne Speech Festival