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Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award National Guidelines

Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award National Guidelines - Legacy


The prepared speech is to be of five minutes duration, on a topic of the competitor's choosing on any subject relating to the ideals of voluntary service, social justice, caring, personal effort, personal sacrifice and/or mateship.

The speech should have substance which, in the space of time available, should be developed logically to a convincing conclusion.

Judges will be looking for knowledge of the subject matter, sincerity in the presentation of material, skilful development of the theme and the effective use of plain English. Originality is encouraged.

A warning bell will be given after four minutes then at five minutes.


The impromptu speech is to be of two minutes duration with five minutes preparation time.

The topic chosen will be broad in nature, capable of a variety of interpretations to suit the experience and background of 12 to 14-year-olds. The same topic is given to each competitor.

The speech is intended to reveal a competitor’s ability to develop a point of view on a general topic and to organise a presentation within limited preparation time.

Judges will be looking for clarity of thought, logical organisation, sincerity and the effective use of plain English.

A warning bell will be given after one and a half minutes, then at two minutes.


Judges are selected on the basis of their communication skills, public speaking experience and their ability to relate to teenage competitors.

The judging panel should consist of three judges. If available, a suitably qualified Legatee should be included as a member of the panel, particularly for the state and national finals.

A chief judge will be nominated and will be responsible for announcing the panel's decision. The chief judge may also comment on the standard of the competition and on individual speeches.


Competitors should note that judges are required to give equal consideration to both speeches in the allocation of marks.

Judging is a subjective process but will always be related to the nominated criteria and guidelines. Other factors to be considered in judging the competition include:

  • Speech Notes. Speech notes are not to be used by competitors in the presentation of their speeches. Cue or palm cards are permitted; however, their use is to be unobtrusive and should not affect the speaker’s visual engagement of the audience.

  • Microphones. Public speaking includes the ability to project the voice to an audience, therefore the use of a microphone is not allowed.

  • Lecterns. Lecterns create a physical barrier between the speaker and the audience and detract from the presentation, therefore the use of a lectern is not allowed.

Note: There may be a requirement for the organising committee to use microphones to record speeches for later use. In the same way video taping may also be undertaken by organisers.


  • Competitors must be aged 12 or above, but under 15 years of age on 1st January in the year of the competition.

  • Competitors, or a teacher on their behalf, must complete the required entry form and agree to abide by the conditions of entry before entries can be accepted.

  • Speech content must be the original work of the competitor.

  • Organisers reserve the right to reproduce competitors' speeches.

  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  • Competitors in the national final are to provide typed copies of their prepared speeches at the conclusion of the competition.

  • Competitors are to wear school uniform or an appropriate alternative if a uniform is not part of a school's requirement.

  • Provided that a competitor has not won a national final, they may compete more than once in the competition.


Legacy Clubs in each state/territory are to arrange the conduct of the competition leading to participation in the National final.

This will usually involve Capital City Legacy Club co ordination of the activity, in conjunction with other Legacy Clubs, sponsors and volunteers, and State Education Departments.

A ‘winner' and ‘runner-up’ is to be selected at each State final for progression to the National final.


The National final will be held each year, normally on the Monday nearest Remembrance Day (11th November). Organisation of the national final will be by a Capital City Legacy Club, nominated one year in advance by the Legacy National Marketing Committee.

Legacy will organise and meet the travel and accommodation costs for each competitor in the National final, and for one parent/guardian per competitor. Other parents/guardians/teachers are encouraged to attend but are responsible for their own costs.

Prior to the event, all competitors are to be sent all relevant administrative information for their participation in the competition.

While the detailed organisation of the National final is the responsibility of the host Legacy Club, a social event for competitors will normally be arranged prior to the competition, for them to get to know one another.

Prizes. The following prizes/trophies are to be awarded to competitors in the National final:

• Each competitor is to be awarded a medallion recording their participation in the event.
• The winner will receive the Perpetual Trophy, to be held by the student’s school/college for one year.
• The winner, runner-up and 3rd place getter each receive a certificate and cash prizes of $500, $300 and $150 respectively.

For further information please contact your local
Legacy Club.

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