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Waterfall College among the 2014 Toastmasters winners

| March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

In October 2014, Toastmasters International celebrated its 90th anniversary. Thirty-six schools in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) celebrated the legacy left by Toastmasters founder Ralph C Smedley by participating in youth leadership courses. These courses are conducted annually in the province over an eight-week period, culminating in a graduation evening where a best speaker, best evaluator and best impromptu speaker are chosen to go through to a semi-final contest. Four semi-finals through the year lead to the final, where the best KZN speaker, evaluator and impromptu speaker are chosen.

This course is designed to impart communication and leadership skills, and provides learners with life skills that will stand them in good stead after school. Some of the skills they learn are how to conduct a professional meeting, and how to execute various roles in a meeting. They also learn communication skills, encompassing the ability to think on their feet by means of impromptu speaking; to analyse and assess a speech and give the best feedback as a self-improvement tool; and, of course, how to stand up and speak in public using the skills of vocal variety, body language and appropriate vocabulary technology.

Michaela Christophers from Waterfall College in Hillcrest, in KZN, was among the 2014 winners, garnering second prize in the impromptu section. Christophers is also Waterfall’s 2015 head girl.

Category: Autumn 2015

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