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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Concours d’Art Oratoire 2015-2016
 
 
 
After weeks of preparation, research, writing and rehearsal, students from grades 4 to 8 delivered their “discours” during the school level competition of the 2015-2016 Concours D’Art Oratoire. A panel of judges from all three divisions consisting of Mme. Mari-Berje, Mlle. O, Mme. Guirguis and M. Bruno listened and asked a number of probing questions to elicit students to think critically and respond meaningfully in regards to their chosen topics. Students’ speeches covered a wide array of topics from the definition of slavery and its existence within a North American context, the dangers and advantages of social media, including le cyber intimidation, how to persuade parents, to the health benefits of tea.
 
 
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OLW Student wins first place at Concours d’Art Oratoire semi-finals.
 
Catherine Lalla, grade five student at Our Lady of Wisdom, won first place at the grades 4-6 elementary French speech competition semi-finals. The semi-finals were for students from two of the major areas of the school board.
 
On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Catherine presented her speech “The Invention of Gum”. Why gum? Catherine says that she chose the subject since “a lot of us here like gum, including me… we all appreciate the accident that happened.”
 
Catherine focused on a how she could improve from her previous experiences with the speech competition. Her hours of practice were augmented by guidance from her teacher Mlle Ivy O. She was supported on the day of the competition by OLW teacher Mme Mari-Berje Georgy, her mother, and her grandparents.
 
***UPDATE: Catherine won the gold medal at the TCDSB-wide competition on Monday, April 7, 2014. We are so proud that she will be representing OLW at the upcoming province-wide competition to be held at Glendon College, York University.***
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