Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

Quick Launch

HOME > The Plain English Speaking Award

The VCAA Plain English Speaking Award in Victoria

2014 State Final

On Friday 25 July 2014 six of Victoria’s finest public speakers will compete in this year’s State Final of the Plain English Speaking Award​.

Selected from close to 200 participants state-wide, the 2014 state finalists have demonstrated tremendous skill in oral communication, speech writing and research. 

Come and enjoy these inspirational student speeches.

Event details:

  • Date: Friday 25 July 2014
  • Time: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
  • Venue: Treasury Theatre, 1 Macarthur Street, East Melbourne (close to Parliament Station).

To RSVP please email by Monday 21 July 2014.

The VCAA congratulates the 2014 State Finalists:

Kate Garrow,
St Leonard's College

James Macaronas,
St Kevin's College

Fergus McLaren,
Ballarat Clarendon College


Sean Hollis,
St Bede's College

Laura McArthur,
Methodist Ladies' College

Emma Wiggins,
Toorak College


About the Award

The Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) is a public speaking competition for students aged 15-18 years. PESA provides an excellent opportunity for students to build self-confidence and extend their skills in oral communication, speech writing and research.

The competition encourages students from government, Catholic and independent schools are to speak to their peers from other schools on topics they are passionate about.

In Australia each year state and territory committees organise and conduct competitions at school, regional and state levels. State winners then to go the national final, which is held in the various states and territories on a rotational basis. This year, the national final will be held in Adelaide on Monday 11 August 2014.

In Victoria, PESA is organised and conducted by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). The Australia-Britain Society generously sponsor the Award.

Back to Top

For Teachers

For Students

2013 State Winner and Finalists

Speeches from the Plain English Speaking Award

Past Participants of PESA

Back to Top

Last Update: 10 July 2014