The Plain English Speaking Award

Secondary students aged 15 or older

Plain English Speaking Award aims to encourage the use of clear and effective spoken English. The competition has provided an invaluable opportunity for NSW senior students to improve their confidence and to develop their speech-writing and public speaking skills.

Successful speakers progress through local, regional and state rounds where they deliver both prepared and impromptu speeches, with the eventual state champion representing NSW at the National Final.

2022 applications

Applications open Friday 28 January 2022 (Term 1 Week 1)
Applications close Friday 18 March 2022 (Term 1 Week 8)

PESA winner

The Plain English Speaking Award is open to NSW public schools 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 between 15 and 18 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2021.

Congratulations to our 6 state finalists who competed in the online state final on Friday 13 August. 

  • Telesha King-Neville - Tumut High School
  • Nikki Han - Queenwood
  • Emily Adamson - Presbyterian Ladies College
  • Simone Allen - Caringbah High School
  • Ellie Doble - Cammeraygal High School
  • George Teasdell - St Columba Anglican School

The winner was Nikki Han from Queenwood and Nikki also went on to win the National Final. 


Justine Clarke
Speaking Competitions Officer
The Arts Unit

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