All members of the Carmel community are encouraged to attend the Mikolot Semi Final Speech Night, which is on Tuesday, 15th May, from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the BT Hall.

The Year 10 students have been participating in the Mikolot Speech Competition over the past several weeks.

About the Mikolot Competition


Supported by the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the public speaking competition, Mikolot, is a national high school ‘opens’ competition for students in Jewish day schools. Schools conduct an internal round, a state round and then finally inter-state national round. The competition includes an impromptu section and a prepared section for every round.


This competition is designed to promote greater collaboration between the Jewish day schools with a view to providing a forum for students to showcase their refined skills in public speaking. The nature of the prepared topics invites students to articulate a depth of knowledge about contemporary Jewish issues and values.


The JDC places the value of community at the heart of its endeavours.  This competition brings the schools together, overtly exemplifying this notion of community.

The competition seeks to explore values such as:

  • Care for the environment
  • Jewish continuity
  • Love thy neighbour
  • Tikkun Olam (making the world a better place)
  • Shabbat (rest and reflection)
  • Traditions and customs


Round 1, Part A: The Prepared Speech

All students prepared a 4 - 5 minute speech.

Students presented their speeches in front of their individual classes during the last week of Term 1.

Round 1,  Part B: The Impromptu Speech

Students who were in the top 12 competed in the Impromptu Round on Thursday April 26. 

These quarterfinalists were:

Toni Grolman

Samuel Kerbel

Daniel Tucker

Lev Kagan

Gadi Fisher

Isabella Rosenberg

Asher Altshuler

Rachel Patetz

Santino Febbo

Maia Hilu

Nelly Shufrin


Round 2: Semi-final Speech Night on May 15

The top 6 students, which were determined by a combination of Round 1 Part A and Part B results, will compete in the semi-final.

These students are, in no particular order:

Daniel Tucker

Lev Kagan

Santino Febbo

Nelly Shufrin

Toni Grolman

Asher Altschuler  


Sam Kerbel

Rachel Paletz  

All Year 10 students are required to attend this evening. Parents and extended family are encouraged to attend. 

In this Round, the six students will present a prepared speech and will complete in another impromptu round. This will be adjudicated by a panel of three judges from within and outside of the school. One student will be selected from this round to travel to interstate and represent Carmel School in the National finals.

All students are to be congratulated for their hard work and the excellent quality of their speeches thus far.