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The Plain English Speaking Award

Congratulations to the following six students, who will be competing in the PESA State Final at 9.30 am on Friday 17 July 2015 at the Treasury Theatre, East Melbourne.

CHOW Karen

Karen Chow
Suzanne Cory High School

Ned Coleman

Ned Coleman
Balwyn High School

Joshu Faye

Joshu Faye-Chauhan
Whitefriars College



Chloe Gration
Lauriston Girls’ School

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall
Ballarat Grammar

David Vadori

David Vadori
Brunswick Secondary College


If you wish to attend the State Final of PESA, please email by Monday 13 July 2015.

Location details for Plain English Speaking Award (pdf - 86.9kb)


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. This year, the national final will be held in Canberra, ACT on Monday 10 August 2015.

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

2014 State Final

2014 State Winner and Finalists

Past Participants of PESA

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Last Update: 02 July 2015