Public Speaking

Entries in The Arts Unit's three public speaking competitions for NSW school students are sill on pause for 2020. You can find 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.

One of our past national winners, Emily Kim, is now an experienced adjudicator. Listen to Emily talk about her public speaking journey and the benefits it has provided her in this short video promoting the Plain English Speaking Award.

The Plain English Speaking Award

The Plain English Speaking Award competition is open to government and non-government schools across NSW. Speakers must be aged 15 or older on 1 January 2020 to compete. Students will compete in 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 and last year's results 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).

The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award

The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award competition is open to government and non-government schools across NSW. Speakers must be aged 14 or younger on 1 January 2020 and attending a secondary school. Students will compete in 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 and last year's results 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).

The Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition

The Multicultural Perspective Speaking Competition is open to NSW government primary and central school students. They will compete in either a Years 3&4 or a Years 5&6 age division delivering speeches on a multicultural theme. Over 2,000 students compete annually in the competition from all across the state. If you’d like some general information on the competition and last year's results 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).