Public speaking (also called oratory or oration) is the process or act of performing a speech to a live audience. This type of speech is deliberately structured with three general purposes: to inform, to persuade and to entertain. Public speaking is commonly understood as formal, face-to-face speaking of a single person to a group of listeners.
There are five basic elements of public speaking: the communicator, message, medium, audience and effect. In short, the speaker should be answering the question "who says what in which channel to whom with what effect?"
Public speaking can serve the purpose of transmitting information, proving a point of view, motivating people to act or some combination of the afore-mentioned. Public speaking plays a large role in the professional world; in fact, it is believed that 70 percent of all jobs involve some form of public speaking.
Stellenberg High School participates in the Radical Public Speaking Competition. It is a competition where schools across South Africa compete to find the best public speaker in South Africa. A speaker must win their category at the regionals, as well as the Western Province Final before qualifying to compete at the nationals in Pretoria!
In 2017, 14 of our junior and senior learners competed at the Western Province Finals! 11 of our brilliant speakers participated at the SA Final. Jordan Willet, Wanda Banda, Liné Dorfling-Rensleigh and Nicola Hanekom achieved a second place in their respective categories and Flavia Davids won first place in her category!
Learners may choose their own topics and can participate at a Home Language or Additional Language level. These public speakers are always well prepared and represent Stellenberg High School as true ambassadors!