Saturday 2 September 2023

2023 FSFA Japanese Speech Contest

The Frankston Susono Friendship Association held its annual Japanese Speech Contest at Monash Peninsula Campus on Friday 1st 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 City 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 to this year’s contest and 53 entries were received. Contestants were required to recite a short self-introduction followed by a set piece based on the folktale story of Kasajizō (Straw Hats for the Jizō) and were judged by a panel of Japanese speakers. Contestants competed in Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Japanese Environment (Primary), Junior Secondary, Intermediate Secondary and Senior Secondary divisions.

FSFA Chairperson Julie D’Arcy 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 3 primary divisions and 34 excited and nervous 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           Charlotte S (Derinya Primary School)

2nd          Hannah R (Overport Primary School)

3rd           Grace M (Derinya Primary School)

Commendation Award: Max W (Derinya Primary School)


Upper Primary (Years 4 to 6):

1st           Zara T (Haileybury)

2nd          Lucy S (Derinya Primary School)

3rd           Lucy U (Derinya Primary School)


Japanese Environment (Primary):

1st           Mae F (Overport Primary School)

2nd          Hannah F (Overport Primary School)

3rd           Leah (Overport Primary School)

Commendation Award: Lydia T (Bayside Christian College)


Primary Division Trophy Winners with FSFA Chairperson Julie D'Arcy

The secondary schools followed with students presenting a more detailed self-introduction and set piece or Japanese themed topic in each of the 3 divisions. At the conclusion of these speeches Committee member, former exchange student to Susono and judge Sam Warrington commented on the impressive standard of all contestants and recognized the enormous challenge of memorizing and presenting a speech in the Japanese language, especially given that the senior division students are required to write, memorize and present a 3-to-5-minute speech on a topic of their choice.


Junior (Years 7 & 8):

1st           Lakeesha H (Hillcrest Christian College)

2nd          Evette P (Hillcrest Christian College)

3rd           Thehan K (Haileybury)

Commendation Award: Christopher T (Haileybury)


Intermediate (Years 9 & 10):

1st           Rhitt C (Nossal High School)

2nd          Kimberley I (Nossal High School)

3rd           Alyssa L (Frankston High School)


Senior (Years 11 & 12):

1st           Jorden L (Frankston High School)

2nd          Oscar M (Frankston High School)

Secondary Division Trophy Winners with FSFA Chairperson Julie D'Arcy

A special thank you to our panel of judges for assisting at this year’s contest; the teachers for their hours of hard work preparing their students; and the parents and families for their attendance, encouragement and support. Finally, our appreciation to Monash Peninsula Campus for making such a wonderful venue available to our Association and the hard-working members of the FSFA Committee for organising and running another successful Japanese Speech Contest.

Judges with Senior Division Contestants Jorden and Oscar