Public Speaking

Each year over 1000 students enter the Public Speaking arena from the schools in and around the Gold Coast, as the College hosts its annual Public Speaking Competition.

Public Speaking is never an easy task, generating anxiety in most people, but like many unfamiliar and uncomfortable experiences, practice definitely helps to build confidence. It is a skill that will last a lifetime.

The College's competition is an excellent opportunity to build on a communication skill that is needed in every walk of life, whether it be a speech at a family wedding, an interview with media, a presentation at a conference, or a maiden speech in Parliament.

This competition is open to all students, Years 4-12. The Year 4 students are not in competition, but receive valuable experience in public speaking.

Public Speaking Topics 

2022 Competition

Year Level Dates & Times
Year 4
Thursday, 8 September, 4:30pm
Years 5-7 Heats
Tuesday, 11 October, Year 5: 4:30pm, Year 6: 6:00pm, Year 7: 7:15pm
Years 5-7 Finals
Tuesday, 18 October, 4:30pm
Years 8-11 Heats
Thursday, 13 October: 4:30pm
Years 8-11 Finals
Thursday, 20 October, Years 8 & 9: 4:30pm, Years 10 & 11: 6:30pm
Year 12 Heats & Grand Final
Thursday, 11 August, 4:30pm Heats & 6:00pm Grand Final
Adjudicator’s Workshop
Thursday, 1 September, 4:00pm