Public Speaking

Competition Details

2017 Public Speaking Information


The Intermediate Public Speaking Championship is open to any student from Year 9 & 10 to represent his college. The Junior Public Speaking Championship is open to any student from Year 7 & 8 to represent his college. It is expected that all participants will compete with the spirit that is compatible with the ACC ethos “Excellence, Honour and Fairness”.


Event Organisation

1. Schools shall provide their own name tags for players and staff.

2. The host school shall provide:

  • A suitable venue with up to 7 class rooms and theatre/hall for briefings and presentations
  • Specifically allocated bus parking space
  • Ample tables and chairs for competitors, reserves, staff and spectators
  • Students for computer results entry
  • Media presentation of results during appropriate breaks
  • Laptop and printer for collation and printing of results
  • A microphone/PA system
  • An official welcoming and presentation speech
  • Morning tea and lunch for adjudicators, staff and visiting dignitaries. Students to BYO lunch

3. ACC Executive Officer to arrange DAV adjudicators for competition


Competition Format

1. Each participating school shall have one team consisting of FOUR students from Years 9-10 (Intermediate) and Years 7-8 (Junior).

2. Each participant will complete two speeches. Two students will participate in rounds 1 (prepared) & 3 (prepared), whilst the other two participants will compete in rounds 2 (prepared) & 4 (impromptu).

3. The topics for the prepared speeches are at the discretion of the speaker in consultation with his teacher. The topics for the impromptu speeches will be provided by the ACC. Each participant in the impromptu round will select three secret topics from a box and will then choose one of those topics for his speech. Once that topic has been chosen it will not be reused, but the two topics not used will be put back into the box. Each participant will have five minutes preparation time before they must commence their speech. Notes can be made during this preparation time, but the students are not allowed to receive any assistance from other students or their teacher.

4. Each speaker will be allowed 3 – 4 minutes for prepared speeches and 2 – 3 minutes for impromptu speeches, with a knock given 30 seconds prior to their time expiring.

5. All speeches will be awarded points by independent adjudicators from the DAV. The marking scheme shall be as follows:- Matter – 50 Manner – 50 = 100 points per speaker.

6. At the end of the fourth round (impromptu speeches), all points from the four rounds will be tallied and the team with the highest points score shall be judged champion school. If two or more teams are equal on points, the team with the highest individual score from the four rounds will be judged the champion school and will receive the banner and pennants.

7. A banner will be presented to the Champion school from both Division 1 and Division 2.

8. Division One shall consist of – Top six Division One schools and top Division Two school from previous year’s ACC Championship.

9. Division Two shall consist of – Bottom five Division Two schools and bottom Division One school from previous year’s ACC Championship.

10. The competition draw for Division One and Two shall be completed by ACC Executive Officer.



10:00 – 11:00 Welcome & First Round – prepared speech

11:00 – 11:20 Recess break

11:20 – 12:00 Second Round – prepared speech

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch break

12:30 – 1:15 Third Round – prepared speech

1:15 – 2:00 Fourth Round – impromptu speech

2:00 Presentations