Public Speaking

Entries in The Arts Unit's three public speaking competitions for NSW school students are now open. You can find entry forms and competitions guides by clicking here, or by visiting the different competition pages. Each competition is a great opportunity for students to develop their speech-writing and presentation skills while representing their schools in a state-wide competition.

The Plain English Speaking Award

This competition is open to government and non-government schools across NSW. Speakers must be aged 15 or older on 1 January 2014 to compete. Students will compete in a number of local and regional finals to determine a state champion, who will then go on to represent NSW at the national final. If you’d like some general information on the competition, you can visit our FAQs page by clicking here (you’ll also be able to download a document with all the relevant details you need to get started). If you’d like to know more about the history and past winners click here.

The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award

This competition is open to government and non-government schools across NSW. Speakers must be aged 14 or younger on 1 January 2014 and attending a secondary school. Students will compete in a number of local and regional finals to determine a state champion, who will then go on to represent NSW at the national final. If you’d like some general information on the competition, you can visit our FAQs page by clicking here (you’ll also be able to download a document with all the relevant details you need to get started). If you’d like to know more about the history and past winners click here.