Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award

The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award aims to encourage the use of clear and effective spoken English. Since its inception in 1995, the competition has provided an opportunity for NSW junior secondary students to improve their confidence and to develop their speech-writing and public speaking skills. Please note that you can download this information as a PDF by clicking here.

2014 Local Final Dates and Venues

To find the date and venue for your local final consult the list below. (All schools are listed alphabetically).

     
School Venue Date
     
Abbotsleigh North Sydney Boys High School Thursday, 24 July 2014 
Al Noori Muslim School Malek Fahd Islamic School Thursday, 17 July 2014
Albury High School Albury High School Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Al-Faisal College Strathfield Girls High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Amity College Prestons Campus Malek Fahd Islamic School Thursday, 17 July 2014
Arden Anglican School Pymble Ladies College Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Ascham School Woolooware High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Ashfield Boys High School Presbyterian Ladies College Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Asquith Girls High School Pymble Ladies College Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Barker College Wenona Thursday, 24 July 2014
Bass High School Strathfield Girls High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Batlow Technology School Coolamon Central School Friday, 25 July 2014
Beverly Hills Girls High School Presbyterian Ladies College Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Birrong Girls High School Malek Fahd Islamic School Thursday, 17 July 2014
Bishop Druitt College Bishop Druitt College Monday, 28 July 2014
Bomaderry High School Moss Vale High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Braidwood Central School Moss Vale High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Brigidine College St Ives Pymble Ladies College Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Burwood Girls High School Santa Sabina College Monday, 28 July 2014
Camden High School Macquarie Fields High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Campbelltown Performing Arts High School Macquarie Fields High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Canley Vale High School Macquarie Fields High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Canterbury Girls High School SCEGGS Darlinghurst Friday, 25 July 2014
Caringbah High School Woolooware High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Castle Hill High School Pymble Ladies College Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Central Coast Grammar School Narara Valley High School Thursday, 24 July 2014
Central Coast Rudolf Steiner School Narara Valley High School Thursday, 24 July 2014
Cessnock High School Kotara High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Chatswood High School Riverside Girls High School Friday, 1 August 2014
Cheltenham Girls High School North Sydney Boys High School Thursday, 24 July 2014 
Cherrybrook Technology High School Pymble Ladies College Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Chevalier College Moss Vale High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Chifley College Dunheved Campus Chifley College, Shalvey Campus Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Chifley College Shalvey Campus Chifley College, Shalvey Campus Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Coffs Harbour High School Bishop Druitt College Monday, 28 July 2014
Colo High School Penrith Anglican College Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Concord High School Malek Fahd Islamic School Thursday, 17 July 2014
Condell Park High School Fairfield High School Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Coolamon Central School Coolamon Central School Friday, 25 July 2014
Coonabarabran High School Narromine High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Corowa High School Albury High School Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Cranbrook School SCEGGS Darlinghurst Friday, 25 July 2014
Dapto High School Woonona High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Dubbo College Delroy Campus Narromine High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Dungog High School Kotara High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Duval High School Peel High School Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Eagle Vale High School Strathfield Girls High School Friday, 18 July 2014
East Hills Girls Technology High School Strathfield Girls High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Edmund Rice College Woonona High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Elderslie High School Malek Fahd Islamic School Thursday, 17 July 2014
Elizabeth Macarthur High School Macquarie Fields High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Emanuel School SCEGGS Darlinghurst Friday, 25 July 2014
Epping Boys High School Pymble Ladies College Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Fairfield High School Fairfield High School Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Fairvale High School Fairfield High School Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Finley High School Coolamon Central School Friday, 25 July 2014
Fort Street High School Santa Sabina College Monday, 28 July 2014
Frensham School Moss Vale High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Gilgandra High School Narromine High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Gilroy Catholic College Chifley College, Shalvey Campus Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Glenwood High School Chifley College, Shalvey Campus Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Good Samaritan Catholic College Strathfield Girls High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Green Valley Islamic College Strathfield Girls High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Hawkesbury High School Penrith Anglican College Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Henry Kendall High School Narara Valley High School Thursday, 24 July 2014
Holy Spirit College Lakemba Strathfield Girls High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Homebush Boys High School Strathfield Girls High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Hornsby Girls High School Wenona Thursday, 24 July 2014
Hunter School of Performing Arts Kotara High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Hunter Valley Grammar School Kotara High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Hurlstone Agricultural High School Malek Fahd Islamic School Thursday, 17 July 2014
Illawarra Sports High School Woonona High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Irrawang High School Kotara High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
James Fallon High School Albury High School Wednesday, 23 July 2014
James Ruse Agricultural High School Chifley College, Shalvey Campus Tuesday, 22 July 2014
John Edmondson High School Macquarie Fields High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Kambala Presbyterian Ladies College Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Karabar High School Moss Vale High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Kiama High School Woonona High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Killara High School Wenona Thursday, 24 July 2014
Kincoppal - Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart Presbyterian Ladies College Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Kirrawee High School Woolooware High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Kotara High School Kotara High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Ku-ring-gai High School North Sydney Boys High School Thursday, 24 July 2014 
Leeton High School Coolamon Central School Friday, 25 July 2014
Leumeah High School Macquarie Fields High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Lismore High School Southern Cross School Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Liverpool Boys High School Fairfield High School Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Loreto Kirribilli Wenona Thursday, 24 July 2014
Loreto Normanhurst Riverside Girls High School Friday, 1 August 2014
Macintyre High School Peel High School Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Macksville High School Bishop Druitt College Monday, 28 July 2014
Macquarie Fields High School Macquarie Fields High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Malek Fahd Islamic School Malek Fahd Islamic School Thursday, 17 July 2014
Marian Catholic College Coolamon Central School Friday, 25 July 2014
Marist College Eastwood Riverside Girls High School Friday, 1 August 2014
Maronite College of the Holy Family Santa Sabina College Monday, 28 July 2014
Marrickville High School Presbyterian Ladies College Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Melville High School Bishop Druitt College Monday, 28 July 2014
Merewether High School Kotara High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Meriden School Santa Sabina College Monday, 28 July 2014
MLC School Santa Sabina College Monday, 28 July 2014
Moama Anglican Grammar School Albury High School Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Moorebank High School Fairfield High School Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Morisset High School Narara Valley High School Thursday, 24 July 2014
Moss Vale High School Moss Vale High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Mount St Patrick College Southern Cross School Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Murray High School Albury High School Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Nambucca Heads High School Bishop Druitt College Monday, 28 July 2014
Narara Valley High School Narara Valley High School Thursday, 24 July 2014
Narromine High School Narromine High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School Penrith Anglican College Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Newcastle High School Kotara High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Newington College Presbyterian Ladies College Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Newtown High School of Performing Arts Woolooware High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Normanhurst Boys High School Pymble Ladies College Wednesday, 16 July 2014
North Sydney Boys High School North Sydney Boys High School Thursday, 24 July 2014 
North Sydney Girls High School Riverside Girls High School Friday, 1 August 2014
Northern Beaches Secondary College Mackellar Girls Campus Wenona Thursday, 24 July 2014
Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus Riverside Girls High School Friday, 1 August 2014
Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School Chifley College, Shalvey Campus Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Nowra Christian School Moss Vale High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Nowra High School Moss Vale High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Oak Flats High School Woonona High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Our Lady of Mercy College Santa Sabina College Monday, 28 July 2014
Oxley High School Peel High School Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Parkes High School Narromine High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Parramatta High School Chifley College, Shalvey Campus Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Patrician Brothers' College Fairfield Fairfield High School Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Peel High School Peel High School Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Penrith Anglican College Penrith Anglican College Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Penrith Christian School Penrith Anglican College Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Penrith High School Penrith Anglican College Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Port Hacking High School Woolooware High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Port Macquarie High School Bishop Druitt College Monday, 28 July 2014
Prairiewood High School Fairfield High School Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Presbyterian Ladies' College Presbyterian Ladies College Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Pymble Ladies' College Pymble Ladies College Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Queenwood School for Girls North Sydney Boys High School Thursday, 24 July 2014 
Randwick Girls High School SCEGGS Darlinghurst Friday, 25 July 2014
Reddam House SCEGGS Darlinghurst Friday, 25 July 2014
Richmond River High School Southern Cross School Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Riverside Girls High School Riverside Girls High School Friday, 1 August 2014
Rouse Hill High School Penrith Anglican College Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Ryde Secondary College Riverside Girls High School Friday, 1 August 2014
Santa Sabina College Santa Sabina College Monday, 28 July 2014
Sarah Redfern High School Fairfield High School Tuesday, 29 July 2014
SCECGS Redlands Riverside Girls High School Friday, 1 August 2014
SCEGGS Darlinghurst SCEGGS Darlinghurst Friday, 25 July 2014
Sefton High School Malek Fahd Islamic School Thursday, 17 July 2014
Seven Hills High School Chifley College, Shalvey Campus Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Shore School Wenona Thursday, 24 July 2014
Smiths Hill High School Woonona High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Southern Cross School Southern Cross School Wednesday, 30 July 2014
St Andrew's Cathedral School SCEGGS Darlinghurst Friday, 25 July 2014
St Augustine's College North Sydney Boys High School Thursday, 24 July 2014 
St Catherine's School SCEGGS Darlinghurst Friday, 25 July 2014
St Edward's Christian Brothers' College Narara Valley High School Thursday, 24 July 2014
St George Girls High School Woolooware High School Friday, 25 July 2014
St Ives High School Pymble Ladies College Wednesday, 16 July 2014
St Leo's Catholic College North Sydney Boys High School Thursday, 24 July 2014 
St Luke's Grammar School Riverside Girls High School Friday, 1 August 2014
St Mary Star of the Sea College Woonona High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
St Patrick's College Campbelltown Macquarie Fields High School Friday, 25 July 2014
St Pius X College North Sydney Boys High School Thursday, 24 July 2014 
Strathfield Girls High School Strathfield Girls High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Sydney Boys High School Woolooware High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Sydney Girls High School Presbyterian Ladies College Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Sydney Grammar School SCEGGS Darlinghurst Friday, 25 July 2014
The Hills Grammar School North Sydney Boys High School Thursday, 24 July 2014 
The King's School Penrith Anglican College Wednesday, 23 July 2014
The McDonald College Presbyterian Ladies College Tuesday, 29 July 2014
The Scots College Woolooware High School Friday, 25 July 2014
The Scots School Bathurst Narromine High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Thomas Hassall Anglican College Fairfield High School Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Trinity Catholic College Lismore Southern Cross School Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Trinity Grammar School Santa Sabina College Monday, 28 July 2014
Tweed River High School Southern Cross School Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Vincentia High School Moss Vale High School Friday, 18 July 2014
Wadalba Community School Narara Valley High School Thursday, 24 July 2014
Wade High School Coolamon Central School Friday, 25 July 2014
Warren Central School Narromine High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Wenona School Wenona Thursday, 24 July 2014
West Wallsend High School Kotara High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
William Clarke College Chifley College, Shalvey Campus Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Willoughby Girls High School Wenona Thursday, 24 July 2014
Willyama High School Narromine High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Winmalee High School Penrith Anglican College Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Wollondilly Anglican College Macquarie Fields High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts Woonona High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Woolooware High School Woolooware High School Friday, 25 July 2014
Woonona High School Woonona High School Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Who is eligible to compete?

The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award is open to NSW government and non-government secondary schools. Each school can enter a maximum of 2 contestants. Contestants must be either Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Contestants must be 14 years old or younger on 1 January 2014.

How do schools enter the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award?

The online entry form for the competition can be accessed by clicking here. Entries should be submitted before close of business on Monday 24 March 2014. Please ensure that you include contact details for the teacher who will be looking after the entry. All teachers must provide a direct email address (preferably your departmental address for government school teachers) to assist with our organisation.

How much does entry cost?

The entry fee for the award is $27.00 (including GST) per government school student and $54.00 (including GST) per non-government school student. Government schools will automatically be debited for this amount once they submit their entry form. (Please advise your school’s finance department that this will occur). Non-government schools will be invoiced after their entries have been received.

What are the speaking requirements?

At each stage of the competition students present both a prepared speech and an impromptu speech. The prepared speech can be on any subject chosen by the contestant. The speaking time for the prepared speech is 5 minutes with a warning bell at 4 minutes, two bells at 5 minutes and a continuous bell at 6 minutes. The impromptu speech is on a subject chosen by the adjudicator. Contestants receive 5 minutes of preparation time to write their impromptu speech. The speaking time for the impromptu speech is 2 minutes with a warning bell at 1 ½ minutes, two bells at 2 minutes, and a continuous bell at 3 minutes. Note that speakers are expected to finish at or just beyond the official speaking time, and it will be considered poor timing to reach the continuous bell.

What are the rules of the competition?

Other than the eligibility criteria and speaking times detailed above, it should also be noted that contestants are not allowed to use any props or external aids such as Powerpoint presentations during their speeches. They are encouraged to speak from palm cards and present from a stage without the use of a lectern or microphone. In the impromptu section, all contestants in a final will receive the same impromptu topic.

What are the adjudicators looking for?

The adjudicators will make their decision based on the manner, matter and method the contestants employ in presenting their speeches. They will expect contestants to be confident and engaging speakers. The speeches themselves should be developed logically to a convincing conclusion in the time allowed. The adjudicators will in particular be looking for knowledge of the subject matter, skilful development of the theme and the effective use of plain English. Successful contestants are also expected to demonstrate a balance of personal opinion and information in their speeches, as well as a balance of humour and sincerity. Finally, adjudicators are required to give equal consideration to the prepared and impromptu speeches in making their decision.

How does the competition run?

Schools may conduct their own internal competition to select 2 representatives for the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award. The Speaking Competitions Officer will then advise all contestants of the date and venue of their local final which will be held in late July or early August. The winners of local finals held in the Sydney metropolitan area will proceed to regional finals which run from 12 to 15 August. Regional winners and local winners from outside the Sydney metropolitan area will proceed to the state semi-finals which will be held at NSW Parliament House on Friday 12 September. At least 8 contestants will then be chosen to proceed to the state final at the Art Gallery of NSW on Friday 17 October. The winner and runner-up of the state final will compete in a national final which is to be held on Monday 10 November.

What are the prizes?

All students involved in the competition will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation, and certificates of congratulations will then be awarded to all local and regional winners.  State finalists will receive a medallion and a cash prize of $100 courtesy of Sydney Legacy. The NSW winner will receive a medallion and $500 courtesy of Sydney Legacy, and the NSW winner’s school will receive a perpetual trophy. In addition, the NSW winner and runner-up will win the right to compete in the national final and will receive return flights and accommodation for themselves and an accompanying adult courtesy of Legacy.

Who are the organisers and sponsors?

The competition is organised by The Arts Unit of the NSW Department of Education & Communities, and is proudly sponsored by Sydney Legacy.

What is Legacy?

Legacy is an Australian charity dedicated to supporting Australian Defence Force families which are suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of their spouse or parent during or after their active defence force service.

Legacy is there for the long term, and every day provides caring, compassionate support for the families through pension advocacy, counselling, special housing, medical, and social support. Legacy is committed to nurturing children’s education by contributing towards school fees, books, uniforms, and recreational activities to aid their self-development and confidence.

The need for Legacy today is very real. Since the Iraq War in the 1990’s, there have been more than 60,000 veterans created and Legacy stands ready to support veterans’ families should they become incapacitated or pass away as a result of their service. For more information about Legacy visit www.legacy.com.au , call 1800 LEGACY and follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com.au/LegacySydney.

Contact details

If you have any questions about the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award, please contact Lloyd Cameron, Speaking Competitions Officer on (02) 8512 1172 or email: lloyd.cameron@det.nsw.edu.au

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2013 State Final and National Final

The NSW final of the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award took place on Monday 28 October at the Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW.

The winner was Ella Finlay from MLC School and the runner-up was Tandee Wang from Sydney Technical High School.

They then represented NSW at the National Final on Monday18 November at the National Maritime Museum, Sydney.

Ella is the new National Winner and Tandee was once again runner-up.

Legacy Junior Public Speaking state final top three place getters

L-R: Daniel Gates, Huntingtower School (Victoria), 3rd Place

Tandee Wang, Sydney Technical High School, 2nd Place.

Ella Finlay, MLC School, First Place

Who are the past winners of the competition?

A list of previous winners of the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award is available here