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Notice 49 2021

Notice to Schools 49/2021 – 21 April 2021

Plain English Speaking Award 2021 registrations now open

Principals/directors, VCE and Year 10 English teachers and VCE debating coordinators

We invite schools to register interested students in the 2021 Plain English Speaking Award (PESA).

This year there will be 21 state heats from Monday 17 May to Friday 28 May 2021 (inclusive). All state heats start at 9.30am.

Teachers can register students to participate via the online entry form. A maximum of two students per school may enter. Applicants must have been aged between 15 and 18 years on 1 January 2021.

Entries close on Monday 3 May 2021.

We are sending schools a PESA poster in coming weeks, and encourage schools to promote student participation in the event.

Action required

Principals/directors, please advise teachers that the PESA 2021 registration form is now available on the VCAA website.

Critical dates

Monday 3 May – PESA 2021 registrations close

Monday 17 May to Friday 28 May – State heats at schools across Victoria

Thursday 17 June  and Friday 18 June – Semifinals

Friday 23 July – State final

Additional information

PESA gives Victorian secondary students an opportunity to demonstrate excellence in public speaking. Students deliver a six-minute prepared speech and a three-minute impromptu speech. The prepared speech requires students to demonstrate high-level research and writing skills, in addition to public speaking skills. The competition celebrates the voices of students on a wide range of student-directed topics, and is an excellent opportunity for young people to speak on issues they feel passionate about.

An entry fee of $55 per school applies (host schools are exempt). Payment options are outlined on the PESA entry form and include cheque and credit card.

For more information, visit the  Plain English Speaking Award  webpage. If you have further queries, contact the Student Festival and Events team: (03) 9032 1630 or