Australia's response to terrorism and the merits of learning a second language were among the topics covered at the 15th annual Lasallian Public Speaking Challenge held at St Bede's College Mentone on the 6th of October.
The event brings together the top public speakers from each year group from De La Salle College Malvern, St James College East Bentleigh and St Bede's.
Year 9 De La Salle College Malvern student Jordan Burns was named the Best Public Speaker, while St Bede's College had winners across three different year groups and St James College dominated the Year 7 and 8 categories.
The event was compered by two Year 11 students from the host school, Matthew Slater and Sam Jones.
The winners were determined by a panel of three judges from the Knox Toastmasters Club.
The Coordinator of Public Speaking at St Bede's College, Robyn Kensley said it was a great opportunity to showcase the talents of students across a number of Lasallian schools.
"Topics are based on the issues facing our world that the students believe are important", Ms Kensley explained.
"So every year, the speeches are always thought provoking and considered, polished in their presentation and engaging because our speakers are always so enthusiastic about their chosen topic", she added.
Ms Kensley said the three Lasallian colleges are already eagerly looking forward to next year's competition which will be hosted by St James College.