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PLC Sydney has a vibrant and active speaking and debating community. The College is renowned for its strong background in public speaking and expressive speech.

The College is proud to boast a dedicated speech venue – Lyons House. Named after Dame Enid Lyons (1897-1981), Australia's first female federal politician, Lyons House is the College’s Centre for the Spoken Word

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.

Students have many opportunities to become involved in the public speaking and debating throughout their College life.  


To find out more about any Public Speaking or Debating available at PLC Sydney, please click here.