Students on top of the world

World Speech titles croppedYear 12 students Laura Batchelor-Sharp and Natasha Noore both achieved wonderful results at the 28th World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships, held in Hong Kong in April.

Natasha was runner-up in the ‘Persuasive Speaking’ section, placed fourth in ‘Impromptu Speaking’ and came fourth in the world overall. Laura came first in the heats of the ‘After-Dinner Speaking’ section and placed 13th in the world overall.

The girls represented Australia and PLC Sydney in a team comprised of 14 students from several states, including Ravenswood School in Sydney, Canberra Girls’ Grammar, Launceston Girls’ Grammar, and from Victoria, St Kevin’s College, St Leonard’s College and Haileybury.

After narrowly missing out on a spot in the Australian team, Year 11 student Annelise McCarthy was offered a place a few weeks before the competition, but unfortunately was unable to attend the event. 

The World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship is an annual international English language debating and public speaking tournament for individual senior high school students.

The Championship is represented by a diverse mix of high schools from countries including Argentina, Botswana, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, Pakistan, South Korea and Zimbabwe.


The five-day event requires competitors to interact and collaborate with like-minded peers from a diverse range of schools and cultural backgrounds. Each participant must compete in four different events: Persuasive or After Dinner Speaking, Debate, Impromptu Speaking and Interpretive Reading.

Congratulations to both girls and the Head of Public Speaking and Speech, Ms Therese Bennetts, on this great achievement.

Above: Laura Batchelor-Sharp and Natasha Noore.

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