Intermediate Speech Arts

North Shore Intermediate Speech Arts Festival

Monday, April 8th– Thursday, April 11th, 2019



  1. Prepared Bible Reading

Students may choose their own selected Bible reading (1stReading, 2ndReading, or Gospel) from the 2019 St. Joseph’s Missal.  Bible readings should notbe memorized.  Students are expected to introduce the reading, for example, “A reading from…” and should notend with “This is the Word of the Lord”.

Minimum length – 1 minute     Maximum length - 2 minutes

  1. Favourite Poem

The entrants will choose a poem from any book source and memorizeit for performance. Simple, natural movements/suitable gestures (not dramatic) will be accepted.          

Minimum length – 1 minute     Maximum length - 2 minutes.

  1. Original Poem

The entrants will write their own original poem and memorizeit for performance.

Students must have a typed copy for the adjudicator.

Minimum length – 1 minute    Maximum length - 2 minutes


  1. Duologue

With a partner, students select a scene from a novel or play that involves fairly equal dialogue between two characters.  The entrants may use simple props and costumes that enhance but do not take away from the duologue.  All props and costumes must be approved by the coach.  Students must have a retyped transcript of the piece including individual characters’ lines and excluding narrations, as well as the original source the passage appears in. A coach’s signature of approval must be on the typed script for the adjudicator to see.

Maximum length - 5 minutes 

  1. Speech

The entrants will compose their own personal speech.  It is expected that the students have their speech committed to memory.  Cue cards with the speech written in point form are permissible. Students must have a typed copy for the adjudicator.  Obtain a copy of the “Personal Speech Guidelines and Criteria” for your reference. 

Grade 4 & 5 Minimum length – 1.5 minutes     Maximum length - 5 minutes

Grade 6 & 7 Minimum length – 2 minute     Maximum length - 5 minutes


Fees: $6.00 per category entered / $12.00 per duologue

* Note: This covers the cost of professional adjudication.

Please Note: All participants are responsible for providing the copy of the book in which their poem appears. Parents may NOT approach the adjudicator to discuss their child’s performance.


Parents are responsible for driving their children to and from the competition.

 Please arrive 15 minutes before your child’s start time as times are approximate.

 Children should be dressed in full uniform and arrive well-groomed (sweaters, shiny shoes and tidy hair).

 St. Pius would appreciate nonperishable food donations for the Food Bank as a donation.


There will be a box labeled Holy Trinity containing the original poetry books if your child chose a poem from the school library. Typed transcripts can also be found in the box. There will not be a teacher from our school present everyday. You are responsible for finding your child’s book/poem/typed transcript for your child to present to the adjudicator. Please return the book to the box after your child’s performance, as other children may need this book. Every student’s poem should be clearly marked. You must bring the original book to the competition if your child’s poem is from an outside source.


Photography and videotaping will be allowed as long as it is discreet.


We would also like to remind you that toddlers are strongly discouraged from attending the festival. If this is absolutely not possible, it is crucial that non-school aged children be able to remain quiet for up to an hour.

 Thank you for your co-operation. Good luck to all the participants and remember to have fun!


Mrs. Townsend