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Plain English Speaking Awards: 2021 Victorian State Final

This event scheduled to take place in person at the Wheeler Centre  is now a live-stream only event and can be watched from this page on on Tuesday 10 August at 10.00am. This is in response to current health advice and restrictions on public events. 

Find out more about our response to Covid-19 here.

What makes a good speech? How can you bring new insight to well-worn topics, and use the power of public speaking to take your audience on a journey? These are some of the questions this year’s Plain English Speaking Award finalists are contemplating ahead of the state final. 

Organised annually by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, the Plain English Speaking Awards are a public-speaking competition for high school students. The awards celebrate creative thinking, general knowledge, and clear, direct communication, providing teens with a platform to talk about the things that matter to them – from feminism, to religion, to power and privilege. 

 At the 2021 Victorian state final, six passionate young people will take the stage to share their words and wisdom as they compete to become the Victorian State Champion.  

You can download the 2021 Final Program here.

 This event is suitable for teens aged 13 – 18 years old. 

Presented in partnership with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority 

Plain English Speaking Awards: 2021 Victorian State Final

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, venue capacity is unfortunately limited. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ups or a waitlist as may have been the case in the past. Read more about our live events plan here. Check, follow us on social media or sign up to our e-newsletter The Wheeler Weekly for updates and any late ticket releases.

Wheeler Education

Being a teenager is all about change. Adolescence is when most of us form a sense of the world, try to find our place in it and (hopefully) have some fun along the way. Beyond what we learn at school, some of our most valuable learning happens when we discover the communities and ideas that connect us.

In the extraordinary times we live in, Wheeler Education is here to bring the world to teens – and teens to the world. We’ll explore the challenges facing young people right now, and the bold ways they’re envisioning their own futures. Hear from teens, writers, and educators about their passions, plans, survival tips and more.


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