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.


Intermediate competition ( Years 9&10)
Heats: 15 October

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: 29 October


Junior competition ( Years 7 & 8)
Heats: 22 October

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: 5 November


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.


Venue Change
The 2020 Public Speaking competition venue will be the Brisbane City Council Indooroopilly Library located at Level 4 Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. The library is situated at the Station Road end of the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. Unfortunately the venue must change from ESU House (Coronation Drive Milton) as ESU sold the premises November 2019.

Schools will also receive, via email, details of the 2020 competition.

In the meantime should you require further information please email, esuqld@gmail.com

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