Voices of young people heard for Anzac Day

Publish Date : 19 Apr 2022
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Student speech participants and Orakei Local Board members at St Heliers Community Library

To encourage the participation of young people in Anzac Day services, in previous years Ōrākei Local Board has arranged a speech competition with local secondary schools.

The competition now plays a wonderful part in the local commemorations each year.

The local board has long encouraged the active participation of young people in the services at St Heliers memorial with the Colour Guard from TS Achilles, Scouts and Guides, with representatives of local secondary schools reading wartime letters, and more recently with the introduction of a speech competition.

Colin Davis, the local board member who championed youth engagement in local Anzac Day services, explains that “First place in the speech competition is awarded to the student who best demonstrates an understanding of Anzac Day, they must also have met with and discussed wartime or peacekeeping experiences with former or current service personnel, thus involving other generations."

“There were three Ōrākei schools participating this year, it was really nice to be able to gather together and hear the speeches in person,” explains Scott Milne, Ōrākei Local Board chairperson.  “First prize was awarded to Jade Varney from Baradene College of the Sacred Heart.

"Jade did an incredible job at expressing a connection between youth today and the spirit of Anzac Day.”

The competition was open to years 12 and 13 secondary school students from the four secondary schools within the Ōrākei Local Board area: Baradene College, Glendowie College, Sacred Heart College, and Selwyn College.

The competition took place on 6 April at the St Heliers Community Library. All three participants will have their recorded speeches relayed on the Anzac Day video which will play on large screens at the St Heliers War Memorial on April 25.

See more information on Anzac commemorations across Auckland here on OurAuckland.

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