On Sunday, August 5 fifteen Year 7 to 11 Redlands College Japanese students competed in the inaugural MLTAQ Brisbane Secondary Japanese Speech Contest at Griffith University Nathan campus. Japanese teacher, Cathy Hegarty, organised and convened the exciting event with the MLTAQ President and Dr Leigh Kirwan of Griffith University. Nineteen Brisbane schools and just under 200 students participated in the Speech Contest and there were many smiling faces on the day. Over 40 volunteers assisted, some of whom were parents and friends of the College. Mrs Kyoko Zbirka and Mr. and Mrs Shizuka Wong, parents of the College, volunteered their time to Judge on the day and Mrs Wong also invited two Japanese friends to Judge. They enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to future Judging opportunities.
Teacher Cathy Hegarty is proud of the Redlands College students who participated and is very pleased with their efforts. Many students received a Medal or Highly Commended Certificate.
- Year 11 Japanese Open Topic - Niamh Birrell - Highly Commended
- Year 10 Japanese Guided Speech - Kate Macdonald- First Place Gold Medal
- Year 9 Japanese Guided Speech - Sarah Elford - Highly Commended
- Year 8 Japanese Guided Speech - Kira Ward - Second Place Silver Medal
- Year 8 Japanese Guided Speech - Shannon Macleod - Third Place Bronze Medal
- Year 7 Japanese Guided Speech - Sophie Leader - Fifth Place Medal
- Year 7 Japanese Guided Speech - Lara Hanson - Highly Commended
- Year 7 Japanese Guided Speech - Noah Souter - Highly Commended
- Year 7 Japanese Guided Speech - Tian-Yi Kao - Highly Commended
Congratulations students on such an outstanding result. Regardless of whether you received an award or not you should feel so very proud of your achievement. You gave a speech in Japanese and had to answer questions from the Judges. Every student worked hard at learning their speech and represented the College with pride. Well done!