Notice to Schools 29/2017 − 15 March 2017

Plain English Speaking Award 2017 open for entries

Principals/Directors, Year 10 and VCE English Teachers and Debating Coordinators

Main Points

Registration for the 2017 Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) is now open.

PESA is a public-speaking competition for students aged 15 to 18 years, and provides an excellent opportunity for students to build self-confidence and extend their skills in communication, speechwriting and research.

Each year state and territory committees, working in cooperation with educational institutes, organise and conduct the competition at school, regional and state levels. State winners go on to compete at the national final.

A schedule of the 2017 Victorian PESA competition is available online. 

This year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the national PESA competition, and Victoria will host the national final in August. To promote the competition a PESA poster will arrive in schools in the coming weeks. Be sure to place it in a prominent spot to alert your students to the competition. You can also download the poster to print extra copies.

Teachers can register students to participate via the online entry form. A maximum of two students per school may enter. Applicants must be aged between 15 and 18 years on 1 January 2017. Entries close Monday 8 May 2017.

Action Required

Principals/Directors should:

  • advise teachers that the Plain English Speaking Award 2017 entry form is now available on the VCAA website.

Critical Dates

Monday 8 May 2017 – deadline for PESA registration

Monday 22 May to Friday 2 June 2017 – Regional finals

Thursday 15 June and Friday 16 June 2017 - Semifinals

Wednesday 26 July 2017 - State final

Monday 14 August 2017 - National Final.

Additional Information

An entry fee of $55 per school applies. Payment options are outlined on the PESA entry form and include cheque and credit card. Host schools are exempt.

For more information, visit the Plain English Speaking Award webpage.

If you have further queries, contact the VCAA: (03) 9032 1630 or .