The VCAA Plain English Speaking Award in Victoria
Plain English Speaking Award 2013
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.
Sean Hollis, a Year 11 student at St Bede’s College in Mentone, is the winner of the 2013 Plain English Speaking Award (PESA). The State Final was held on Friday 26 July 2013. The runner up is Emily Maxwell-Gould from Frankston High School. The remaining four finalists this year were Jake Fava (Werribbee Secondary College), Sabina Lim (Carey Baptist Grammar School, Kew) , Darcy Cornwallis (Northcote High School) and Sherry-Rose Watt (Lakeview Senior College, Caroline Springs).
Across the state close to 200 students in Years 10, 11 and 12 entered the award in June. From these regional finals, 24 progressed to the semi-finals in July. Although there is only one state champion each year, many teachers regard the PESA as an opportunity for their students to go beyond oral communication exercises in the classroom and it encourages their students to speak to their peers from other schools in the positive, supportive environment that PESA offers in regional finals.
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, Sean Hollis will represent Victoria at the national final will be held in Alice Springs on August 19 2013.
In Victoria, PESA is organised and conducted by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). The Australia-Britain Society generously sponsor the Award.
ATTENTION all teachers of English and Public Speaking
A double DVD pack – including the 2007 Plain English Speaking - is available for $20.00
Teachers of oral communication will find this a useful resource for use in the classroom, even for students who are not entering the VCAA Plain English Speaking Award.
Download the DVD Order Form (pdf - 150.09kb) (PDF - 552KB)
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How To Enter
2013 State Winner and Finalists
Speeches from the Plain English Speaking Award
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