My first address as school captain would begin with admitting that I am quite nervous because, although I have had numerous years of experience representing my school in interschool debating and public speaking, giving speeches can sometimes still prove to be stressful, however I believe that, as school captain, I would be able to tackle this problem and utilise the opportunity of speaking in front of large audiences to better develop my oral skills for the future.
I would continue my speech by telling an anecdote of a time in which I overcame a problem and in turn grew as a person; namely my experiences completing the Year 10 maths exam. I am not a very “maths-y” person, and I had consistently been getting E’s in my maths tests throughout Year 10. My lowest point was getting a UG for my test on quadratics. I was so close to giving up in maths, because I found it so difficult and I believed that there was no way I would ever get a mark that I could be proud of. The day of my maths exam comes, and I do try my best in it. Although I acknowledged, coming out of the exam, that I probably wouldn’t get an A+, I was happy because I persevered through the exam and answered as many questions as I could. I got my exam back from my maths teacher, and I got… a D. Although it might have been lower than what my parents had hoped I would get, and although it might not have been the best result in the class, I was proud of the fact that I had not given up, and I had improved myself. By telling this story, I would hope that many students in the audience can empathise with me, and can see how its important to always strive for self-improvement. I would also hope that by telling this story, other students that might not know me very well would be able to see me as a real person, and may be more willing to come to talk to me or speak to me, which I think is important as school captain.