Lyons House

Named after Dame Enid Lyons (1897-1981), Australia's first female federal politician, Lyons House is the College’s speech centre. Students from Kindergarten to Year 12 attend lessons with specialist tutors to enhance their speech and performance skills and every student delivers a public address each year.

PLC Sydney’s speech program prepares students to be confident speakers who effectively articulate their thoughts, knowledge and values to others in a public forum. 

The College has a proud history in public speaking forums, with students regularly representing Australia at the Student World Championships, as well as performing strongly in a number of other prestigious competitions

  • Association of Heads of Independent Girls’ Schools (AHIGS) Festival of Speech
  • Plain English Speaking Competition
  • Legacy Public Speaking Competition
  • Rostrum Voice of Youth
  • Lions Youth of the Year
  • Australian Individual Debating & Public Speaking Championships
  • Sydney & Inner West Eisteddfods
  • United Nations Public Speaking Competition

Almost 300 students participate in speech classes and sit external speech examinations, with over 60% of students achieving Distinction or High distinction.

The program is vital to the College in developing confident, caring and accomplished young women.

'The young women graduating from PLC Sydney have the ability to listen to the ideas of others and articulate their own ideas clearly and persuasively.'  PLC Sydney 2020: A Vision of Excellence. 

co-curricular-icon  To find out more about Public Speaking and Debating at PLC Sydney visit our Performing Arts microsite.


Ms Lynette Hawley
Head of Public Speaking & Speech
T (+612) 9704 5657