The Frankston Susono Friendship Association held its annual Japanese Speech Contest at Monash University - Peninsula Campus on Friday 6th 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 73 entries were received. Contestants were required to recite a short self-introduction followed by a set piece based on the story of Tsuru no Ongaeshi (The Grateful Crane) 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.
|A full table of individual and perpetual trophies!
Retiring 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.
The evening’s program started with the primary divisions kicking off proceedings and over 30 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 (Prep to Year 3):
1st Seb S (Overport Primary School)
2nd Emily B (Derinya Primary School)
3rd Lucy S (Derinya Primary School)
Commendation Award: Audrey P (Overport Primary School)
|Lower Primary winners Lucy, Emily, Seb and Audrey with Peter Patterson
Upper Primary (Years 4 to 6):
1st Alyssa L (Derinya Primary School)
2nd Lucas J (Derinya Primary School)
3rd Naomi F (Derinya Primary School)
|Upper Primary winners Alyssa and Lucas
Japanese Environment (Primary):
1st Joe C (Overport Primary School)
2nd Nalu B (Balnarring Primary School)
3rd Saya P (Overport Primary School)
|Japanese Environment (Primary) winners Saya, Nalu and Joe with Peter and trophies
|Primary Division winners with the perpetual trophies which will be displayed at their schools
Junior (Years 7 & 8):
1st Caspar B (Haileybury - Newlands)
2nd Subekchha P (Frankston High School)
3rd Smruti S (Haileybury - Newlands)
|Junior Division winner Caspar with Peter and trophies
Intermediate (Years 9 & 10):
1st Anirudh K (Haileybury - Newlands)
2nd Charli E (Frankston High School)
3rd Sophia L (Haileybury - Newlands)
Commendation Award: Amélie R (Mornington Secondary College)
|Intermediate winners Anirudh and Charli
Japanese Environment (Secondary):
1st Sarah F (Frankston High School)
2nd Luka R (Haileybury - Newlands)
3rd Hannah N (Frankston High School)
Commendation Award: Len C (Naranga School)
|Japanese Environment (Secondary) winners Sarah and Luka with Peter and trophies
Senior (Years 11 & 12):
1st Alesha W (Hillcrest Christian College)
2nd Gerald D (Frankston High School)
|Senior Division winner Alesha with Peter and trophies
|Secondary division winners Caspar, Anirudh, Sarah and Alesha with Peter Patterson
Individual highlights of the evening were Sarah F winning the Japanese Environment (Secondary) Division for the 6th year in a row - a clean sweep! Joe C winning the Japanese Environment (Primary) Division for the fourth time in 5 years! Anirrudh K winning the Junior and Intermediate Divisions in consecutive years. Plus every contestant who displayed commitment, courage and worked hard to practice and deliver high quality speeches in their second, or possibly even third language.
A huge thank you to our 5 wonderful judges who gave up their time to come along and assist us conduct another very successful evening. We also appreciate the contribution of both the students' families and especially the teachers and language assistants at their schools who have spent many hours supporting and encouraging their students. Our contest would not be possible without your high level of commitment. Arigatou gozaimashita!
And best of all, the night was over in time for us to pack up and make it home to watch Collingwood defeat Geelong! GO PIES!!