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Notice 65 2019

Notice to Schools 65/2019 − 26 June 2019

Invitation to the 2019 VCAA Plain English Speaking Award state final

Principals/Directors, Year 7–10 and VCE English teachers, VCAL Literacy teachers, public speaking and debating coordinators

Students and teachers are invited to attend the 2019 state final of the Plain English Speaking Award  (PESA), presented by the VCAA and State Library Victoria.

The state final is on Friday 26 July 2019 (9.45am for 10am start, finish 12.45pm). The venue is the Village Roadshow Theatrette at State Library Victoria.

This event will give current and future students the opportunity to see their peers demonstrate outstanding skills in public speaking, speechwriting and research.

An optional tour of the library will run before the event at 9am, and a VCE research essentials workshop will take place afterwards at 2pm.

Book online  for the state final and associated education events via the State Library Victoria website by 5pm Friday 19 July 2019. Last year this event reached capacity quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.
All events are free but bookings are essential.

Action required

Principals/Directors should distribute this invitation to Year 7–10 and VCE English teachers, VCAL Literacy teachers, public speaking and debating coordinators and their students.

Critical dates

Friday 19 July 2019 – bookings close

Friday 26 July 2019 − PESA state final, State Library tour and VCE research essentials workshop

Additional information

The finalists include:

  • Amy Chilcott, Fintona Girls’ School
  • An Dang, Brunswick Secondary College
  • De Kai Chue, Suzanne Cory High School
  • Tom McKenzie, Ballarat Grammar
  • Oscar Pearce, Albert Park College.

PESA supports student learning and assessment in VCE English/English as an Additional Language, VCAL Literacy (Oral Communication), VCAL Personal Development Skills and the Victorian Curriculum F–10. Further information regarding the benefits and specific learning outcomes is available on the PESA webpage.

If you have any queries, contact Student Events