Apr. 9, 2019 | We hosted the Annual Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS) Public Speaking Competition today.
For the first time ever, we played host to the Junior and Senior QAIS Public Speaking Competition. Twelve participating schools travelled by bus early this morning, accompanied by QAIS Executive Director, Ms. Holly Hampson, to compete. The Junior and Senior participants were given a choice of 10 prompts in advance to inspire their speeches. Caleb represented BCS in the Junior Competition, giving a poignant speech inspired by the prompt: "It's difficult to learn from success. I've learned more from my mistakes." On the Senior side, Aidan gave a passionate speech using the prompt: "Read something that upsets your worldview, that makes you feel a little bit uncomfortable."
Our 23 participants certainly did not disappoint, delivering powerful, engaging, and thought-provoking speeches throughout the day, and making the job of our five judges, The Reverend Canon Giuseppe Gagliano, Janice LaDuke, Caroline McBrine, Matthew McCully, and The Venerable Dr. Edward Simonton, quite difficult. Congratulations to Alexa from St. George's, Alexander from Lower Canada College, and Adolfo from Selwyn House for their wins in the Junior Competition and to Benjamin from Herzliah, Daisy from Sacred Heart, and Heidi from Lower Canada College, our Senior winners.
A huge thank you to Scott Kelso, Holly Hampson, Janice Carey, our dining hall staff, IT, our student volunteers, and all the judges, parents, teachers, and students who came out. (Special mention to Jesse for lightening the mood with his groan-worthy jokes in the Junior Competition.)
Well done, everyone!