CONTEXT: The Catholic Schools Public Speaking competition is held in Term 1 each year and entry is open to a maximum of TWO students from each of years 7-10 and up-to FOUR students in years 11 and 12 from any Catholic School in New South Wales.

For further information about the competition, please consult the Rules for CSDA Public Speaking

The competition is run in three consecutive rounds as follows:

  • Round 1: Preliminary round where a range of speakers (depending on numbers) are taken into a second round;
  • Zone Final: Students successful in round 1 move to a zone final to determine the number of competitors for the final
  • Final: Students compete against a select number of their peers to win their year division in the competition.

The topics for this competition are varied and students are expected to prepare their speeches and deliver a polished and refined oratorical presentation.

In any given year approximately 1000 people, including student participants, volunteer adjudicators and debating teachers are involved in the Public Speaking Competition.