Notice to Schools 20/2019 − 21 March 2019

Plain English Speaking Award 2019 registrations now open

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

Main points

Registrations for the 2019 Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) regional finals are now open.

The 2019 regional finals schedule is available on the VCAA website. There are 26 regional finals from Monday 20 May to Friday 31 May 2019 (inclusive). All regional finals 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 2019.

Entries close on Monday 6 May 2019.

A PESA poster will arrive in schools in coming weeks. Schools are encouraged to promote student participation in the event.

Action required

Principals/Directors should advise teachers that the PESA 2019 entry form is now available on the VCAA website.

Critical dates

Monday 6 May − PESA registration closes

Monday 20 May to Friday 31 May − Regional finals at schools across Victoria

Thursday 20 June and Friday 21 June − Semifinals at 2 Treasury Place, Melbourne

Friday 26 July − State final at Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library Victoria, Melbourne

Additional information

PESA gives Victorian secondary students the opportunity to demonstrate excellence in public speaking. Students are required to 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. This 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 VCAA Student Events team: (03) 9032 1630 or vcaa.events@edumail.vic.gov.au .