Saturday, 9 September 2017

2017 FSFA Japanese Speech Contest

FSFA Japanese Speech Contest

The Frankston Susono Friendship Association held its annual Japanese Speech Contest at Monash Peninsula Campus on Friday 8th September. The Association is a group of volunteer citizens who administer Frankston’s sister city relationship with Susono, Shizuoka in Japan on behalf of the Frankston Council. FSFA have worked to promote Japanese culture, the study of Japanese language plus student and cultural exchanges since the sister city relationship was established in February 1982.

The Association invited students from local primary and secondary schools for this year’s contest and 80 entries were received. Contestants were required to recite a short self-introduction followed by a set piece based on the story of Hachiko the loyal Akita breed of dog, and were judged by a panel of Japanese speakers. Contestants competed in Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Japanese Environment (Primary), Junior Secondary, Intermediate Secondary, Japanese Environment (Secondary) and Senior Secondary divisions.

FSFA Chairperson Peter Patterson welcomed all contestants, their parents and teachers before explaining the work undertaken by the Association and the importance of the annual contest in promoting the teaching of Japanese language in our local schools.

FSFA Chairperson Peter Patterson

The evening’s program started with the primary divisions kicking off proceedings and over 35 nervous and excited contestants presenting before the judging panel. Individual trophies were awarded to the top three students in each division, with the top contestant in each division also awarded a perpetual trophy which is displayed with pride at their school for the next 12 months.


Lower Primary:

1st           Olivia Brown (Benton Junior College)
2nd          Molly Boulter (Derinya Primary School)
3rd           Frances Wu (Derinya Primary School)

Molly Boulter (Derinya PS) - 2nd Lower Primary

Frances Wu (Derinya PS) - 3rd place Lower Primary

Upper Primary:

1st           Jorden Lancaster (Derinya Primary School)
2nd          Alyssa Lancaster (Derinya Primary School)
3rd           Tess Uren (Toorak College)

Jorden Lancaster (Derinya PS), Alyssa Lancaster (Derinya PS) and Tess Uren (Toorak College)

Japanese Environment (Primary):

1st           Joe Coney (Overport Primary School)
2nd          Saya Piquet (Overport Primary School)
3rd           Nalu Brothwell (Balnarring Primary School)

Joe Coney (Overport PS), Saya Piquet (Overport PS) and Nalu Brothwell (Balnarring PS)

The secondary schools followed with students presenting a more detailed self-introduction and set piece in each of the 4 divisions. At the conclusion of these speeches the judges commented on the impressive standard of all contestants and recognised the enormous challenge of memorising and presenting a speech in the Japanese language, especially given that the senior division students are required to write, memorise and present a 3 to 5 minute speech on a Japanese themed topic.



1st           Aayush Khatiwada (Hillcrest Christian College)
2nd          Sarah Leong (Toorak College)
3rd           Ain Mohiddin (Haileybury - Newlands)

Aayush Khatiwada (Hillcrest Christian College)
 - 1st Junior Secondary

Sarah Leong (Toorak College) - 2nd Junior Secondary


1st           Caitlin Taylor (McClelland Secondary College)
2nd          Joan Graeson (St Peter’s College)
3rd           Beck Fan (Hillcrest Christian College)

Caitlyn Taylor (McClelland SC), Beck Fan (Hillcrest Christian College) and Joan Graeson (St Peter's College)

Japanese Environment (Secondary):

1st           Sarah Fujii (Frankston High School)
2nd          Sam Fujii (Frankston High School)
3rd           Len Coney (Naranga School)

Sarah Fujii (Frankston HS), Sam Fujii (Frankston HS) and Len Coney (Naranga School)


1st           Kimberley Ng (Toorak College)
2nd          Chloe Chilvers (McClelland Secondary College)
3rd           Kobe Souvannasing (St Peter’s College)

Kimberley Ng (Toorak College), Chloe Chilvers (McClelland SC) and Kobe Souvannasing (St Peter's College)

* Please note that some students did not give permission to publish their photo *