This competition requires students to speak on a subject of their choice inspired by a broad ESU nominated topic connected to ESU’s philosophy. The specific 2017 Heat nominated topic for each level is below. Students in the Grand Finals will speak to new nominated topics for the required Prepared and Impromptu speaking section.
SENIOR (Yrs 11&12)
Heats: Monday 8 May 2017
TOPIC: Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men (and women). (Mortimer Adler)
Prepared Speech Length: 5 minutes.
Grand Final – Monday 22 May 2017
– Senior nominations close on 1 May 2017 –
INTERMEDIATE (Yr 9&10)
Heats: Monday 9 October, Tuesday 10 October 2017
TOPIC: Two monologues do not make a dialogue. (Jeff Daly)
Prepared Speech Length: 4 minutes
Grand Final – Monday 23 October 2017
– Intermediate nominations close on 2 October 2017 –
JUNIOR (Yrs 7-8)
Heats: Tuesday 17 October 2017
TOPIC: Kind words are short and easy to speak. Their echoes are truly endless. (Mother Theresa)
Prepared Speech Length: 3 minutes
Grand Final – Monday 30 October 2017
– Junior nominations close on 10 October 2017 –
VENUE: ESU House 6/249 Coronation Dr Milton (Cnr Park Rd). Ph: 33683511 (2nd Floor)
HEAT TIMES: 5.30pm; 7.30pm.
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.
ENTRY COST: Prepared Speaking for all divisions $10.00 per entry
Speakers in the Grand Final are expected to be in attendance for the whole evening.
Further Information: Please contact esu@Lrv.net.au or the ESU Qld Office on 07 33683511 to leave a message or 0423295721 to speak to the ESU Public Speaking Co-ordinator.