20 Oct Daniel Takes Australasian Speech Prize
Year 13 student Daniel Tukiri travelled to Australia earlier this month to compete in the grand final of the 47th Japanese Speech Contest. The aim of this event, which is organised by The Japan Foundation, is to encourage learners who are studying Japanese to showcase their language skills in a challenging context.
Daniel faced phenomenal competition from high school students from around Australia, where the majority of Year 12 language students choose to study Japanese. Nevertheless, he dazzled the judges with his speech and won first prize in the High School Senior Division. The lead judge commented that she was impressed by how Daniel expressed his ‘passion for people and culture.’
His prize is a trip to Japan, courtesy of Japan Airlines. He said:
“The whole experience was unforgettable and I was blown away by how amazing every speaker at the competition was. I want to say a huge thank you to my family and friends for always supporting me with Japanese and of course, Miss Cumberland, Miss Arima and Miss Watanabe who have all been amazing Japanese teachers and helped me immensely!”
Lisa Cumberland, Head of Languages at Pakuranga College commented:
“We are so proud of Daniel. This school has never been placed in the competition before, so this was a phenomenal achievement.”