Dear PLC Sydney Community

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To be able to speak in public is a very important skill. It allows a person to have a voice. Students who are confident with their articulation of their ideas can influence others, set a vision and take others with them. It can be the difference in achieving a leadership position.

It is very satisfying to be part of a College that has a rich heritage in public speaking. This heritage is both incidental and formal, every day and special.

Younger students learn from older ones. Each assembly includes many student voices – the captains lead assembly and many student give announcements, reports and comments. Similarly at Student Representative Council, students find a voice; or in clubs, or in class, or at sport. On the stage students sing and speak, at events we have student MCs. Then there are the official addresses to new families or to conference guests or on special events. All of these are great practice.

And every year every student gives an address in English classes. And some progress through to the competition final.

In Public Speaking competitions PLC Sydney students shine. Only a week ago PLC Sydney students again won the AHIGS Festival of Speech. Take a moment to look up the Wikipedia page: PLC Sydney is far and away the leading school in public speaking. Since its inception our students have brought home the trophy thirteen times. This year they deserve special credit. With Ms Bennetts unwell the students really 'stepped up'. Under the leadership of Mrs Hawkey and Public Speaking Captain, Annalise McCarthy, our students won three sections and placed in many others. We thus upheld our tradition.

It is wonderful to have this recognition, but the thing that really matters is that public speaking is valued and that our students are able to have a voice.

Well done to all involved.

I remind families that that other day of significant speeches – Speech Day – is compulsory for all students. We look forward to joining together on 8 December at the Sydney Opera House.

Dr Paul Burgis