2020 Secondary Schools’ Public Speaking Competition

The English-Speaking Union (Queensland Branch) 2020 Public Speaking competition will be held in 2020.

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 2020 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. Each student will receive valuable oral feedback on the night of speech presentation.

Senior competition( Years 11&12)

The Covid-19 restrictions has caused the cancellation of our Senior Public Speaking competition event.  If you have paid the entry fee it will be repaid.


With COVID19 restrictions in place and a maximum of 20 attendees at venues, only one parent or one school representative per student is able to attend the competition. This will ensure the safety of our students and organisers. Heat times to be allocated once submission numbers are clear.


Close of submissions: Intermediate 9 October 2020 : Junior 16 October 2020

Intermediate competition ( Years 9&10)
Heats: Thursday, 15 October 2020
Speaking Time: 4 minutes

TOPIC. “One of the greatest discoveries a person makes, one of the great surprises, is to find they can do what they were afraid they couldn’t do.” — Henry Ford

Final: Thursday, 29 October 2020
Speaking Time: Impromptu – 2 minutes


Junior competition ( Years 7 & 8)
Heats: Thursday, 22 October 2020
Speaking Time: 3 minutes

TOPIC: Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis

Final: Thursday, 5 November 2020
Speaking Time: Impromptu – 2 minutes


VENUE:  Indooroopilly Library Level 4 Indooroopilly Shopping Centre 322Moggill Rd Indooroopilly.

HEAT TIMES: Estimated 5.30pm; 7.30pm (to be advised dependent on numbers).

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 $150. Second & Third Prizes in each of Senior, Intermediate and Junior competitions will be $100 and $50 respectively.

ENTRY COST: Prepared Speaking for all divisions $15.00

Speakers in the Grand Final are expected to be in attendance for the whole evening. Please contact esuqld@gmail.com or 0423295721 to speak to the ESU Public Speaking Co-ordinator.

For more information and an online Application form, go online to Website: www.esu.org.au


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