2021 Secondary Schools’ Public Speaking Competition North Qld

The English-Speaking Union (Queensland Branch) Public Speaking competition will be held in 2021.

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 2021 Heat nominated topic for each level is shown below. Students in the Grand Finals will speak to new nominated topics for the required Prepared speaking section and then an Impromptu speaking section. Each student will receive valuable oral feedback from our judges on the night of speech presentation.

Senior competition( Years 11&12)
NQ Heats: Monday 26 July 2021

Topic: “I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” – Plutarch

NQ Final: Wednesday 28 July 2021
Grand Final (Brisbane) – Monday 9 August 2021

Closing Date
Entry Closing Date: Tuesday 13 July 2021


The 2021 Intermediate and Junior North Queensland Public Speaking finals were held Wednesday 28 April with approximately 60 attending. Major schools from the Townsville area were in attendance – Townsville Grammar School, St Patrick’s College, Pimlico SHS, St Margaret Mary’s College, Cathedral School of St Anne & St James, Heatley SHS and Mareeba SHS (the latter via video-link)

The topic of the Junior Prepared Speech was: “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch
The topic of the Intermediate Prepared Speech was: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein.

Congratulations to our ESU North Queensland Heat winners in the Public Speaking Junior and Intermediate divisions.
Junior Winner: Benjamin Sarnyai (Pimlico High School)
Intermediate Winner: Aiko Treager (Pimlico High School)

The adjudicators were impressed with the student standard.

The winners will travel to Brisbane to compete in the Grand Final.

Grand Final Junior 24 May 2021 Brisbane.
The Junior Grand Final will be held 6pm on 17 May at ‘The Newmarket’ hall, 212 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove

The topic for the Prepared Speech is: “Kind words are short and easy to speak. Their echoes are truly endless – Mother Terresa”. (3 minutes) Students will also deliver an Impromptu Speech (2 minute) on the night.

Grand Final Intermediate 17 May 2021 Brisbane

The Intermediate Grand Final will be held 6pm on 17 May at “The Newmarket” hall, 212 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove.

Finalists will deliver a Prepared Speech on the topic: “The Networked You” (4 minutes) and then give a 2 minute Impromptu speech.

Junior Participants

Intermediate Participants


Entry Payment Details
Please deposit the required amount ($15 per student entry) into the following account, using your surname as your reference number – Westpac Bank: BSB 034-086 | Account No 169442 Account Name: English Speaking Union
Then email a copy of your direct deposit receipt to esuqld@gmail.com

Should your school be paying on behalf of students please email esuqld@gmail.com to request an invoice.


All NQ Heats: Global Studies Building, Pimlico State High School Fulham Rd Pimlico, Townsville.
NQ Finals: Performing Arts Centre, Pimlico State High School Fulham Rd Pimlico Townsville.
Grand Finals: Newmarket Hall, 212 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove, Brisbane.


Download a brochure with all the details here…
An online Application form click here…

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