Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition

2014 Local Finals Information

The local finals for this year's competition are coming up in the last four weeks of term. You can see a list of all the schools entered in the 2014 competition and where they are competing by clicking here. We'll also be emailling a draw for the finals out to every entered school along with some hints for the competition. Good luck with your speeches!

Competition Information

The Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition was introduced in 1996. It aims to heighten the awareness of multicultural issues among NSW primary school students while developing their interest in public speaking and improving their confidence and speech-writing skills. Please note that you can download this information as a PDF by clicking here.

Who can enter the competition?

The Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition is open to all NSW government primary schools. The competition has two different age divisions – one for Years 3&4 students and one for Years 5&6 students. Schools can enter a maximum of 2 contestants in each of the 2 age divisions, totalling 4 contestants overall.

How do schools enter the competition?

The online entry form for the competition are 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) to assist with our organisation.

How much does entry cost?

The entry fee for the competition is $20.00 (including GST) per contestant, which means a maximum of $80.00 per school. 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. Please note that fees are due on entry and cannot be refunded even where students might subsequently withdraw.

What are the speaking requirements?

At each stage of the competition contestants present both a prepared speech and an impromptu speech. For their prepared speech, contestants must choose a topic from the list of multicultural topics at bottom of the next page The prepared speech must have multicultural content. The impromptu speech is chosen by the adjudicator on the day, and will be on a general, non-multicultural theme. Contestants will have 5 minutes to write their impromptu speeches. The speaking times for each speech and division are outlined below. 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.

Division / Speech Warning bell Speaking time (2 bells) Continuous bell
Years 3&4 prepared speech 2 minutes 3 minutes 4 minutes
Years 3&4 impromtpu speech 30 seconds 1 minute 1  ½  minutes
Years 5&6 prepared speech 3 minutes 4 minutes 5 minutes
Years 5&6 impromptu speech 1  ½  minutes 2 minutes 2  ½  minutes

 What are the prepared speech topics for 2014?

2014 Years 3&4 topics 2014 Years 5&6 topics
Racism is bullying Asylum seekers
Multiculturalism at the FIFA World Cup The meaning of Australia Day
Empathising with other people Getting a multicultural education
How kids can make a difference Learning different languages
Harmony Day Religion
Every family has a story Multiculturalism in the media
My overseas connections The same but different
When does a migrant become an Australian? Un-Australian
Multiculturalism at school Stereotypes
What makes a community? Living between cultures

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 prepared speeches need to show an understanding of multiculturalism, and be well developed and interesting. 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.

What are the rules of the competition?

Other than the entry rules 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. Finally, just a reminder that the prepared speech must have multicultural content to be successful.

How does the competition run?

Schools may conduct their own internal competition to select 2 representatives for each division of the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition. The State Coordinator will then advise all contestants of the date and venue of their local final which will be held in June. The winners of local finals will proceed to one of 8 regional finals which will be held in August. Regional winners will proceed to the state final. The Years 3&4 state final will be held at the NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre on Friday 31 October, and the Years 5&6 state final will be held at the Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre on Friday 14 November. All schools are welcome to attend the state finals.

What are the prizes?

All contestants involved in the competition will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation. Certificates of congratulations will then be awarded to all local and regional winners. State finalists will receive a silver medallion, and the state winners in each division will receive a gold medallion and a perpetual trophy.

Who are the organisers of the competition?

The Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition is organised by The Arts Unit and the Equity and Multicultural Education Unit of the NSW Department of Education & Communities.

Contact Details

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact Tony Davey, Multicultural Perspectives Coordinator on (02) 8512 1171 or email:

2013 State Finals

Congratulations to our two winners:

  • Mia Francesconi from Yowie Bay Public School in the Sutherland Shire, winner of the Years 3&4 Final, held on Friday 1 November at NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre and
  • Luce Nielson from Alexandria Park Community School, winner of Years 5&6 Final, held on Friday 15 November at the Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo.

Mia Francesconi, winner Years 3 and 4 divisionLuce Nielson, winner Years 5 and 6 division

                 Mia Francesconi                                                          Luce Nielson


The other finalists are listed below:

Years 3&4

Mia Bennetts

Georges Hall Public School

Ava Lambie

Bowral Public School

Oliver Spolc

Wentworth Falls Public School

Monique Hore

Lane Cove West Public School

Timothy Hanna

Sans Souci Public School

Isabella Pursehouse

Quirindi Public School

Brayden Sim

Schofields Public School

Asher Gale

Iona Public School

Karina White

Greenway Park Public School

Madison Hibbert

Tumut Public School

Chiara Nunes

St Ives Public School


Years 5&6

Kyle Grace

Gosford Public School

Jaime Bell

Mona Vale Public School

Carissa Dalglish

Old Guildford Public School

Marli Thomson

Springwood Public School

Justin Blanch

Dubbo South Public School

Grace Rodgers

Ferncourt Public School

Grace Mahon

Jamberoo Public School

Jenna Blatch Williams

Carlton Public School

Finn Ball

Alstonville Public School

Aislinn D’Arcy

Oakdale Public School

Emily Hewitt-Park

Mosman Public School

Who are the past winners of the competition?

A list of all previous winners in the Multicultural Perspectives competition is available here.