Speaking 4 the Planet

Speaking 4 the Planet is an arts-based inter-school competition that encourages students to spread the word about sustainability through speaking, poetry, drama, art and writing.

High school students in Ku-ring-gai were invited to participate in this free, online competition to win prizes for their school. Prizes included gifts and sweet treats from The Source Bulk Foods, vouchers from Tree Tops Adventure St Ives, Net Zero books from Book Review St Ives and environmentally-aware gift vouchers.

The winners shared their passion for the environment by performing and presenting their winning entries to the Mayor and Councillors at Council Chambers, Gordon in November 2023.

2023 winners

Category 1 - Performance Poetry

First prize

Romani Sprigg, Brigidine College, for her poem on the consequences of human dominion on the environment.

Romani received a $50 Banish voucher to spend online.

Second prize

McKayla Tan, Ravenswood School for Girls, for her daily scheduled weather report.

McKayla received the book ‘Powering Up: Unleashing the clean energy supply chain’, by Alan Finkel.

Participation awards

Victoria Chan, Lindfield Learning Village.

Lucia Pinto-Engel, Brigidine College.

Category 2 - Speaking

First prize

Roseanna Huang, Brigidine College, for her speech ‘The Promise of Tomorrow’.

Roseanna received the book ‘The Big Switch: Australia’s Electric Future’, by Saul Griffith.

Second prize

Aydan May, Northside Montessori School, for his speech addressing aspects of Net Zero.

Aydan received a gift voucher from Treetops Adventure St Ives.

Category 3 - Writing

First prize

Katja Gleeson, Lindfield Learning Village for her piece of prose using 30 words.

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Katja received a gift voucher from Treetops Adventure St Ives.

Special commendation

Liam Seider, Lindfield Learning Village, for his work entitled ‘Net Zero’s Our Hero’.

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Liam received the book ‘The Power Of Trees: How ancient Forests Can Save Us If We Let Them’, by Peter Wohlleben.

Participation awards

Aleksi Pearce & Nicolas Lecuna, Northside Montessori School.

Category 4 - Visual Arts

First prize

Meera Nirmalendran, Abbotsleigh, for her artwork entitled ‘The Future Is Yours- Which Do You Choose?’

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Meera received a gift voucher from Treetops Adventure St Ives.

Second prize

Maryam Tarraf & Oshir Bhalla, Northside Montessori, for their creative artwork depicting the planet.

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They received the book ‘What’s For Dinner? Our Food, Our Choices, Our Planet’, by Jill Griffiths.

Participation awards

Arturo Cortes Castellanos, Northside Montessori School.

Katrina McCarthy, Wahroonga Adventist School.

Siwa Haberlah, Lindfield Learning Village.

Mia Perry, Brigidine College.

Dee Adler, Brigidine College.

Speaking 4 The Planet judged the National Division separately to our local Ku-ring-gai judging.

View newsletter from Speaking 4 the Planet containing all national prize winners(PDF, 709KB).

About the competition

Students were asked to prepare their entry around Sustainable Development Goal #11: Sustainable Cities & Communities by answering the question: 

How can we reach Net Zero together, to create a more sustainable community in Ku-ring-gai?

Students chose one of the following:

  • Make a speech and video yourself performing it (maximum 4 minutes).
  • Compose a piece of prose (maximum 30 words).
  • Create a visual artwork.
  • Write a poem and video yourself performing it.

Further information

Find out more about the competition by visiting the Speaking 4 the Planet website