An Otago Girls' High School pupil has reached the
national final of the Alliance Francaise Concours Oral with a
chance of winning a trip to New Caledonia.
Hannah Dockerty (17) won the Dunedin section of the French
speech competition recently, with a 6-minute talk on the
Liberation of Le Quesnoy - an important World War 1 event
which enhanced diplomatic relations between France and New
Her speech was recorded for consideration, with the winners
of the other regional competitions, for a trip to New
''New Caledonia would be great,'' she said, ''it would be
really nice to be fully immersed in the French culture and
language; to live it for a short time.''
Alliance Francaise de Dunedin president David Moir said an
outstanding feature of the Dunedin Concours Oral was the
continued success of pupils from James Hargest College, in
Invercargill, which built on excellent 2013 results.
They gained first place in the year 13 regional concours,
first and second in year 12, first in year 10 and second in
''This is a credit to the work of the pupils and their
teacher, Christine Black,'' he said.
Speech results were. -Year 13: National, Hannah Dockerty
(Otago Girls' High School) 1; regional, Richard Gayfer (James
Hargest College) 1, Hannah Pearson (Columba College) 2, Holly
Barclay (Columba) 3.
Year 12: Emily Moreton (James Hargest) 1, Alexandra
Doyle-Franklin (James Hargest) 2, Jess Mason (Otago Girls')
Year 11: Ava Straw (Logan Park High School) 1, Lesley den
Toom (James Hargest) and Lili Sabonadiere (St Hilda's
Collegiate School) equal 2. Year 10: Brandy Brown (James
Hargest) 1, Kaila Jowsey (Otago Girls') 2, Ellena Khoo
Year 9: Ruby Franks (Otago Girls') 1, Yvie Finn-House (St
Hilda's) 2, Celine Robertson (Queen's High School) 3.