Padthaway Primary School participate in Lions 'Mad Minute'

STUDENT AWARDS: Lion Graham Brammer (back) with Matilda Rothe (back left), Charlie Roach, Chase Healy, Blake Healy; front - Kiele Longbottom, Ned Ward, Harry Bell and Lachlan Hayes.
STUDENT AWARDS: Lion Graham Brammer (back) with Matilda Rothe (back left), Charlie Roach, Chase Healy, Blake Healy; front - Kiele Longbottom, Ned Ward, Harry Bell and Lachlan Hayes.

Students from Padthaway Primary School practised their public speaking skills by participating in the Lions 'Mad Minute'.

The Mad Minute has become successful throughout the Limestone Coast region, with Lions members, teachers, and schools working towards a shared vision.

The school's Year 5-7 students took part in the structured public speaking competition, which exposes students to the benefits of speaking in front of an audience.

Principal Olivia English said Mad Minute supports the school's development in oral literacy.

"Oral literacy plays an important part in the learning process for students as learning is based in oral language," Mrs English said.

Mrs English said the school develops their students communication and presenting skills from a young age.

"Communicating and presenting in front of an audience are skills that are developed at Padthaway School from a young age," Mrs English said.

"This is seen in the school's focus for children from Preschool to Year 7 to speak at assemblies and events in the community.

"The 'Mad Minute' supports the development of this with students in Years 5, 6 and 7 practising their skills to speak in front of an audience without notes or prior understanding of a topic."

Officiated by members from the Naracoorte Lions Club, all the students who participated in the challenge did a "wonderful job".

Mrs English said considering the short time the students had, they did a great job.

"Our students did a wonderful job focusing on the expression and structure of their presentation," Mrs English said.

"They each have a minute to present on an unseen topic and I was so impressed with the ideas the students generate in this time.

"As I am sure the students can tell you, one minute feels like a long time, however, they all did a wonderful job."

After impressing during the challenge, three of the school's Year 5 students will now progress to the next stage of the competition at Lucindale this month.

"I wish Ned Ward, Harry Bell and Lachlan Hayes all the best with the next stage of the competition," Mrs English said.