Public speaking is offered at St Augustine's College to help students increase their confidence and self esteem by promoting research skills and helping them to enhance their oral communication skills. They develop the ability to communicate their ideas to an audience in an informative, entertaining, or persuasive manner, depending on the purpose of the speech and the occasion.

We offer the opportunity to compete in two external competitions each year at both senior and junior levels and Public Speaking is run as a Co-curricular activity in Terms 1, 2 and 4.

During Term 1, both senior and junior students compete in the Rostrum Public Speaking Competitions. This competition provides a forum for our students in Years 5 and 6 to compete in a public competition.

In Term 1, secondary school students aged between 15 years and 18 years compete to represent the College in the NSW Department of Education and Training/Sydney Morning Herald ‘Plain English (speaking) Awards’. Each school competing can send two students who each give an 8 minute prepared speech and a 3 minute impromptu speech.

In Term 2, students aged between 12 and 14 compete to represent the college in the NSW Department of Education and Training ‘Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award’. The boys who enter this competition each do a 5 minute prepared speech and a 2 minute impromptu speech.

For more information please contact Mary Anne Brickwood