2018 Secondary Schools’ Public Speaking Competition

This competition requires students to speak to the nominated topic. All speech topics for this year of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of ESU come from the words of Winston Churchill. Each year level has a separate topic. Students in the Grand Finals will speak to a new set of topics in a prepared and impromptu session.

 

SENIORS (Yr 11 & 12)
Heats: Monday 14 May 2018
TOPIC: ‘Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak: courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen’ (Winston Churchill)
Prepared Speech Length: 5 minutes
Grand Final – Monday 28 May 2018
Closing Date – 7 May 2018

 

INTERMEDIATE (Yr 9 & 10)
Heats: Monday 15 Oct 2018
TOPIC: ‘Think like a wise man [or woman] but communicate in the language of the people’ (Winston Churchill)
Prepared Speech Length: 4 minutes
Grand Final – Monday 29 October 2018
Closing Date – 8 October 2018

 

JUNIOR (Yrs 7-8)
Heats: Tuesday 23 October 2018
TOPIC: ‘Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference’ (Winston Churchill)
Prepared Speech Length: 3 minutes
Grand Final – Monday 5 November 2018
Closing Date – 16 October 2018

 

VENUE: ESU House 6/249 Coronation Dr, Milton (Corner Park Rd and Coronation Drive)

ENTRY COST: Prepared Speaking for all divisions $15.00

PRIZES: Students in all age divisions are competing for certificates and cash prizes donated by the English-Speaking Union Queensland and ESU sponsors. The Winner of each of the Senior & Intermediate competitions will receive a $250 cash prize and the Winner of the Junior competition will receive $100. Second & Third Prizes in each of Senior and Intermediate competitions will be $100 and $50 respectively. Second & Third Prizes in the Junior competition will be $50 and $30 respectively.

SPECIAL NEEDS: For students with documented and acknowledged hearing, learning, physical, intellectual and/or visual disabilities, appropriate arrangements can be made for the competition. Please advise the Public Speaking Coordinator of any such disabilities on the entry form, prior to the competition.

PRIZES: Students in all age divisions are competing for certificates and cash prizes donated by the English-Speaking Union Queensland and ESU sponsors. The Winner of each of the Senior & Intermediate competitions will receive a $250 cash prize and the Winner of the Junior competition will receive $100. Second & Third Prizes in each of Senior and Intermediate competitions will be $100 and $50 respectively. Second & Third Prizes in the Junior competition will be $50 and $30 respectively.

PAYMENT: To pay via direct deposit, please deposit the required amount into the following account, using your surname as your reference number.
Please email a copy of your direct deposit receipt to esu@lrv.net.au.
Westpac Bank: BSB 034-086 | Account No 169442 Account Name: English Speaking Union
To pay by cheque, please print this completed form and post with your cheque made out to “The English Speaking Union (Qld)” to PO Box 1429 Milton Qld 4064.

Registration: Application form, go online to Website:  www.esu.org.au

Further Information: Email: esuqld@gmail.com  or  phone the ESU Public Speaking Co-ordinator 0423295721

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