Young Rotorua residents have honed their public speaking skills in the city's first inter-school speech competition in English.

Primary and intermediate schools across the city had the chance to select one speaker from their school to represent them at the Rotorua-wide competition.

Many of the schools held their own competitions to select a speaker.

Charlotte Lund, 12, from Kaharoa School took out the Year 7 and 8 category at the competition on September 11 with her speech on global warming.

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"That was very surprising because I didn't think I was even going to win the school contest. Everyone did such good speeches, the judges had a hard job."

Charlotte won her own school contest and, in the lead-up to the Rotorua-wide competition, she changed a few things in her speech to give it "more punch".

She said performing was nerve-wracking but she wanted to encourage others to speak too.

"You learn to speak in front of people. Public speaking is a good skill to have."

Students from across Rotorua competed in the speech contest. Photo / Supplied
Students from across Rotorua competed in the speech contest. Photo / Supplied

Charlotte said global warming was a topic she was passionate about.

Broadlands School Year 6 pupil Golda Nayagar, 10, won the Year 5 and 6 section of the contest.

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"My speech was on what makes you special and how when you're broken there's always a person that can pick you up and put you back together.

Golda Nayager won the Year 5 and 6 category in the inter-school speech contest. Photo / Supplied
Golda Nayager won the Year 5 and 6 category in the inter-school speech contest. Photo / Supplied

"You're special and unique in a different way."

Golda said performing her speech was nerve wracking but she was excited when she won.

"I felt really proud because Broadlands is a little school but we've got big achievements. It shows little schools can do lots."

Golda said she liked speeches because they were entertaining.

"I would encourage others to take part because it's a great experience. Even if you don't get anything you can say you've done it."