Presentation College Hosts German Public Speaking Competition
Monday 30 September saw the German and European flags raised at the entrance to the College. The German Ambassador HE Deike Potzel, Michael Hauke from the Goethe Institut and Louise Reeves the President of the German Teachers Association were among our honoured guests. Transition Year students began decorating, arranging the pretzels, setting out chairs and organising the powerpoint from 8:50. From 10:10 students and teachers from the CBS, St. Leo's College and our close neighbours in the Gaelcholaiste began to arrive at the school. In total we had thirty-seven speakers and over 140 in the audience.
Students were posted at the two entrances to usher the visitors into our library. There was a great buzz as both students and teachers greeted each other and when the Finalists had taken their seats the event began. All present enjoyed meeting friends from other schools and listening to the speeches. Almost everyone present was able to understand the speeches and this is remarkable since all were in German. The Ambassador spoke about her life, gave tips as to how she became fluent in English and encourages all present to ensure they listen to the language they are trying to learn - whether on the news, watching films, listening to music or whatever. Winners were announced by Louise Reeves and the Ambassador presented the winers in each category with a trophy for the school to keep for the year, a medal and a book voucher. Second and third got medals. Congratulations to Meadhbh who came second in the Senior Category and Doireann who came third in the TY Category.. Congratulations also to Niamh and Tomasso who won medals for best speaker. More photos will follow shortly.