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The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Awards have been held for more than 20 years, providing students with the opportunity to speak their minds and develop strong public speaking skills.

Each student gives a prepared five minute speech followed by a two minute impromptu speech at a local event, with those considered the most talented progressing through regional finals to NSW semi finals and finals in Sydney.

The LJPSA is held in conjunction with the NSW Department of Education and Communities' Arts Unit and is for students aged 12 to 14 from NSW and ACT schools.

Entries for the 2016 Award are closed with heats beginning in July.

The NSW semi final will be held on September 16 and the NSW finals on October 17.

Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award 2015

Charlee Sutherland of Crestwood High School in Sydney's Hills District was the winner of the NSW and National finals of the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award.
Runner up, Claire Yin of SCEGGS Darlinghurst, placed third in the National final.

The NSW finalists, who spoke at the Art Gallery of NSW on Friday, 16 October, were: Jennifer Barnott-Clement, Camden High School; Shoryu Das-Zaman, North Sydney Boys High School;Sophie Mok, PLC: Daniel Selvadurai, James Ruse Agricultural High; Charlee Sutherland, Crestwood High School; Yi Xiu Tan, Kambala: Daniel Yim, Sydney Grammar School; Claire Yin, SCEGGS Darlinghurst.

Read one student's speech on Legacy.

One of this year's LJPSA competitors, Scarlett Craig, from St Catherine's College, Waverley, spoke on Legacy at the local final.

Although she didn't progress to the NSW semi finals, Scarlett's speech resonated with the audience, in particular one former Legacy child.

To read Scarlett's speech click here

Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award 2014

Isabella Monardo of Kincoppal, Rose Bay, won the 2014 Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award. Runner up was Lauren Park of Pymble Ladies College.
Other NSW finalists were Daniel Yim, Sydney Grammar School; Claire Yin, SCEGGS Darlinghurst; Rupert Canning, Northern Beaches Secondary College, Manly Campus; Daniel Selvadurai, James Ruse Agricultural High School; Jennifer Barnott-Clement, Camden High School; Catherine Ku, North Sydney Girls High School.

Isabella and Lauren competed in the National Finals in Townsville in November


The LJPSA is a national competition conducted through Australian secondary schools and colleges for students aged 12 to 14 years. The competition began in Melbourne in 1988 and commenced as a national competition in 1995.

Approximately 1500 students participate in this event across Australia. It spans approximately 6 months as it involves several elimination rounds to get to the finals – including regional finals, state semi finals and then State finals where the winner and runner up are put forward for the National finals in November.


The aim of the LJPSA is to enhance the oral communication and public speaking skills of 12 to14-year-old students and to help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy; voluntary service, caring and comradeship and the need for remembrance.


The format for the competition at all levels consists of:

a. A prepared speech of five minutes duration on a topic of the competitor's choice, within the subject criteria.

b. An impromptu speech of two minutes duration on a topic chosen by the organisers, for which each competitor will have five minutes preparation time.

General criteria

The competition is concerned with the competitor's effective use of language to convey a message or a point of view to an interested audience.

Choice of words, intonation, articulation, pace and pausing are all important in conveying the message in a speech.

here to download National competition guidelines.

To know more about National competition guidelines please click here.

NSW Competition information and contacts

In New South Wales the competition is run as a partnership between the Department of Education's Arts Unit and Legacy.

For more information please visit the
Arts Unit website or contact them on the details below:

Tony Davey
Public Speaking & Debating Assistant
Phone: +61 2 8512 1171
Fax: +61 2 9569 6878

Lloyd Cameron
Speaking Competitions Coordinator
Phone: 02 8512 1172
Fax: 02 9569 6878

Or contact your local
Legacy Club.

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