​Schedule of PESA Finals for 2017

School Level

Schools conduct their own competition and select a maximum of two students to go on to the regional finals.

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Regional Finals

There are up to 23 Regional Finals held from Monday 22 May to Friday 2 June 2017 (inclusive).

All Regional Finals start at 9.30 am. The finish time will depend on the number of students competing however as a guide expect the competition to conclude by 12.30 - 1.00 pm.

Date of Regional finalStart timeVenueSuburb
Monday, 22 May 20179:30amNorthcote High SchoolNORTHCOTE
Monday, 22 May 20179:30amSt Bede's CollegeMENTONE
Tuesday, 23 May 20179:30amOvernewton Anglican Community College KEILOR
Tuesday, 23 May 20179:30amToorak CollegeMT ELIZA
Tuesday, 23 May 20179:30amXavier CollegeKEW
Tuesday, 23 May 20179:30amSacred Heart College GeelongNEWTOWN
Wednesday, 24 May 20179:30amAquinas CollegeRINGWOOD
Wednesday, 24 May 20179:30amGirton Grammar SchoolBENDIGO
Wednesday, 24 May 20179:30amSuzanne Cory High SchoolWERRIBEE
Thursday, 25 May 20179:30amCaroline Chisholm Catholic CollegeBRAYBROOK
Thursday, 25 May 20179:30amScotch CollegeHAWTHORN
Friday, 26 May 20179:30amGeelong Grammar SchoolCORIO
Friday, 26 May 20179:30amGippsland Grammar SALE
Monday, 29 May 20179:30amMarist Sion CollegeWARRAGUL
Monday, 29 May 20179:30amOur Lady of Mercy CollegeHEIDELBERG
Tuesday, 30 May 20179:30amNossal High SchoolBERWICK
Tuesday, 30 May 20179:30amEnglish Speaking Union (Vic Branch)ASCOT VALE
Wednesday, 31 May 20179:30amMcGuire CollegeSHEPPARTON
Thursday, 1 June 20179:30amKew High SchoolKEW EAST
Thursday, 1 June 20179:30amGlen Waverley Secondary  CollegeGLEN WAVERLEY
Friday, 2 June 20179:30amBallarat Clarendon College BALLARAT
Friday, 2 June 20179:30amBrauer CollegeWARRNAMBOOL
Friday, 2 June 20179:30amShelford Girls' GrammarCAULFIELD SOUTH




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The PESA 2017 semifinals will take place on Thursday 15 June and Friday 16 June 2017.


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State Final

The PESA 2017 state final will take place on Wednesday 26 July 2017 at Treasury Theatre.


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National Finals

The National Plain English Speaking Award final will take place in Melbourne, Victoria on Monday 14 August 2017.

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  • Regional Finalists – certificate of participation
  • State Semi-finalists – certificate, Plain English Speaking Award lapel badge
  • State Finalists – certificate, Plain English Speaking Award lapel badge and book voucher. All book vouchers are generously sponsored but the English Speaking Union (Victoria Branch).
  • State Winner – certificate, Plain English Speaking Award lapel badge, book voucher, personalised trophy for student and perpetual trophy for the student's school. The school trophy is returned at the end of the year. Flights, meals and accommodation are provided for the student representing Victoria to compete in the National Final. Generously sponsored by the Australia Britain Society.
  • National Winner - trophy and $5000 to enable them to go to England to represent Australia in the international competition for plain speaking. This $5000 is donated by BBM Youth Support (http://www.bbm.asn.au).