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Students shine at festival

ST BRIGID’S College is celebrating another successful tour to the Ursula Frayne Speech Festival, held this year at Catholic College Bendigo.

The annual festival is a long tradition among Victorian Mercy sister schools, bringing students together for a day of competition in debating, voice choir and public speaking.

St Brigid’s College spokeswoman Annamaria Cream said this year 14 schools gathered with over 160 students who competed in the in three categories.

“It provides an opportunity for spirited competition, exhibits excellent speakers and fosters a sense of unity across the schools,” she said.

“College Co Head Girl, Pauline Chiwawa won the public speaking competition, closely followed by fellow Year 12 student, Caitlyn Calderbank, who also made the finals finishing in fourth place.

“Pauline’s prepared speech topic was ‘Win at all costs’ and her impromptu topic was ‘Australia 2050’.

“As the only WA school to compete at this event, the College is delighted and proud of Pauline’s achievements and the dedicated efforts of all it speakers and debaters.”

The Frayne Speech Festival was established in 1996 and is named after Mother Ursula Frayne, leader of the first group of Sisters of Mercy to arrive in Australia from Ireland in 1846.

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Sarah is an award-winning journalist (2016 WA Media Awards - Best Three Suburban Newspaper Stories) who has covered our Mundaring and Kalamunda editions since 2011. She went to Eastern Hills Senior High School before studying chemistry and biology at university. Staring down a microscope two years into her degree she realised a future in science wasn’t for her – journalism was. Sarah lived in Europe before re-settling in Darlington, where her family has lived for three generations, with her two children. She has worked for various government agencies and Media Monitors. Sarah is a media junkie who loves talkback radio and devours the weekend papers.

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