The Rotary Club of Templestowe commenced running an annual Primary Schools Speech Competition in 2013. This event sponsored by the Club, is usually held at one of the participating schools premises. The idea is to encourage primary school children in Grades 5 and 6 to prepare and deliver a short speech from a selection of five topics, thus providing them with the experience of speech preparation and public speaking in a safe forum.
The annual event is attended by Toastmasters Australia who provide guidelines, assessments and judges for the event. Participating students are short listed from competitions run in their schools and have to give a three minute speech on the night. Every child receives feedback and a certificate of participation. The top three students as assessed by the independent judges are provided with a plaque and a gift voucher.
The event is often attended by the Mayor of Manningham as well as senior Rotarians, school teachers and family and friends of the participants, and is increasing in popularity each year it is run. Visitors are treated to an entertaining evening of wonderful speeches with light refreshments at the conclusion of the night.