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Public Speaking & Debating

PLC Sydney has one of the largest public speaking programs of any independent girls' schools in NSW. Our students consistently perform well in public speaking competitions and the College has a strong reputation in this field.

Whether you’re outgoing or softly spoken, our Public Speaking program will give you the tools to boost your confidence, to voice your opinions and influence others. It’s a skill that will serve you well for your whole life, no matter what you choose to do. At PLC Sydney every girl is a public speaker.

PLC Sydney students have an outstanding history of success from internal competitions right through to an International level:

  • PLC Sydney has participated at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships every year from 2014 - 2021. In 2018, one of our students was crowned World Champion. In 2017, our students were 4th in Debating and 5th Overall. In 2016, one of our students was placed 1st in Interpretative Reading and 4th in Persuasive Speaking. In 2019, we had a student placed 3rd in Persuasive Speaking. In 2021 a PLC Sydney student finished 4th in the World at the online version of this tournament
  • At the Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship titles held in Canberra in 2021, PLC Sydney students finished 3rd, 4th and 8th. In April 2022, PLC Sydney students have received nominations to travel to Lithuania to fly the Australian flag.
  • PLC Sydney holds an excellent performance record in the IGSA Festival of Speech. We are the current Senior title holders and Junior division runners up, bringing home the overall winner's shield 15 times in the 23 years history and have been runner up six times.
  • The annual PLC Sydney Public Speaking Challenge is a competition that is an integral part of Public Speaking at the College and has been running for over 40 years. The competition gives every student in the school an opportunity to participate, hone their speaking skills and share their views.

Students can become involved in the following co-curricular Public Speaking and Debating activities:

Public Speaking and Debating

Competitive Public Speaking ⌵

Debating ⌵

Mock Trial Training ⌵


Speak Up Club ⌵

Speak Up Club for Overseas Students ⌵

Speech Tuition ⌵


places-icon Visit PLACES to find out more about Public Speaking & Debating opportunities for junior and senior school students via the co-curricular microsite