The National Dutch Speech Competition is back for it's second year and has added a new opportunity by adding in an essay division for those who are perhaps a little bit shy to deliver a speech in person.
The topic of the essay is "Wat kan Nederland leren van Nieuw-Zeeland?" and open to all Year 9-13 students enrolled in a NZ Secondary school. The word limit is 750 to 850 words and must be submitted by 15 April.
The covid response should not be discussed in the essay to ensure that there is a good variety of answers to the question.
The speech competition has two divisions, for year 9-11 the time limit is 2-3 minutes and for year 12&13 it it 3-4 minutes. Pre-entries for this are due on 25 April and the participants must be available to deliver their speech live on the evening of the 29th of April during Dutch week (as well as answer a few questions from the judges).
A unique aspect of our speech competition is that it is available in English or Dutch so not just for native speakers also for those with Dutch Heritage. The topic this year is "My clogs and my jandals".
Some great prizes to be win with the overall winner of the speech competition getting a trip to Wellington to spend the day with the Ambassador.
For more information go to www.dutchspeechcomp.nz