Abbotsleigh students excel at IGSA Festival of Speech

By Melissa Dooley Debating and Public Speaking Coordinator November 14, 2023

On Saturday 21 October, 16 Abbotsleigh students participated in the IGSA Festival of Speech.

The Festival of Speech is an annual event whereby girls can showcase their oratory talents in a variety of events. The festival was hosted by Ravenswood, with 28 schools participating in events such as public speaking, poetry, prose readings, current affairs, and religious and ethical questions. Our students achieved outstanding success across many categories at the festival. Abbotsleigh placed 3rd overall, 11th in the Junior division and 1st in the Senior division. Congratulations to Anika Niles, who represented Abbotsleigh in the Senior Public Speaking event. Anika was awarded 1st place with her speech on the changing nature of language.

Congratulations are also extended to the following girls:

  • Sophia Chi, Sara Shah and Leah Teoh, who achieved 3rd place in Religious and Ethical Questions
  • Imogen Beletich, Chloe Davie and Sally Liu, who achieved 4th place in Current Affairs
  • Serena Chi, who achieved 4th place in Junior Soapbox
  • Maayan Leibenson and Saskia Clark – Senior Soapbox
  • Kiera Finnerty – Senior Reading
  • Lorissa Wood – Senior Poetry
  • Neomi Verma – Junior Public Speaking
  • Aria Niles – Junior Soapbox
  • Sophie Cheung – Junior Poetry
  • Sophie Meng – Junior Reading

Congratulations to all girls. We are very proud of you.