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The Plain English Speaking Award

Ballarat Grammar’s Matthew Hall with Chair of the VCAA Chris Wardlaw

Ballarat Grammar’s Matthew Hall with Chair of the VCAA Chris Wardlaw


Congratulations to Matthew Hall from Ballarat Grammar, 2015 winner of the national Plain English Speaking Award.

Matthew represented Victoria at the national finals in Canberra, ACT on Monday 10 August 2015, and delivered a thought-provoking presentation on the socio-economic impacts of Melbourne’s coffee culture.

He will now go on to represent Australia at the ESU international public speaking competition in London in May 2016. Read more.


2015 State Final

2015 State Winner and Finalists

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 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 go to the national final, which is held in the various states and territories on a rotational basis.

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

For Teachers

For Students

Past Participants of PESA

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Last Update: 14 September 2015