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ANGLO-AUSTRALIAN RELATIONS

2017 PLAIN ENGLISH SPEAKING AWARD

STATE WINNER TO ATTEND NATIONAL FINAL IN MELBOURNE

PESA is a public speaking competition for 15 to 18 year old high school students.  The competition is sponsored by the Australia-Britain Society Foundation in each state. The Australia-Britain Society organises the competition in WA. Contact the President for further details.

The WA PESA State Shield was presented by Her Excellency Hon Kerry Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia to the Principal of Ursula Frayne Catholic College who accepted it on behalf of Esther Nixon the winner of the 2017 WA PESA competition.     Esther could not accept the Shield personally as she was in Brisbane on the date of the Presentation representing WA in the Rostrum Voice of Youth National Final.

HE the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia and finalists

HE the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia and finalists

2017 WA PESA Winner             Esther Nixon

2017 WA PESA Winner            Esther Nixon

The  2017  WA  PESA Finalists:

Esther Nixon – Ursula Frayne Catholic College

Luke Button – Eastern Hills Senior High School

Olivia Fuderer – Corpus Christi College

Rachael Liu – Iona Presentation College

The 2017 WA PESA Winner was Esther Nixon from Ursula Frayne Catholic College and the Runner-up was Luke Button of Eastern Hills Senior High School.

The winner of the State Final will travelled to Melbourne to compete in the PESA National Final in August 2018.  Each state had a representative in the National Final. Travel and accommodation for all State Winners and State Coordinators is generously funded by the Australia-Britain Society Foundation. The winner of the PESA National Final will represent Australia in the international English Speaking Competition in the UK.

Esther Nixon and President Australia-Britain Society Ann Cargill Kennish

Esther Nixon and President Australia-Britain Society WA Ann Cargill Kennish

Esther Nixon was presented with the WA PESA Shield at the State Final as she would not be able to attend the official Presentation on the 29th July 2017.  

Mr Leon Cohen 1978  PESA Award Winner

Mr Leon Cohen 1978 PESA Award Winner

Mr Leon Cohen, the first Plain English Speaking Award winner in 1978 visited the WA competitors.

                                                                                           


         

THE 2016 PLAIN ENGLISH SPEAKING AWARD 
WA State Winner attends National Final in Sydney
The Australia-Britain Society Western Australia once again supported the annual Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) public speaking competition for senior school students sponsored by the Australia-Britain Society Foundation. The competition, initiated in 1977, will celebrate its 40th Anniversary in 2017.

This??????????????????????????????? year’s WA State Winner, Natasha Tonga from Shenton College, was presented with the PESA State Shield by the Minister for Education, Hon Peter Collier MLC, at a Gala Event at the Royal Perth Golf Club on the 23rd July 2016.
The competition is keenly contested throughout Australia with the winner from each state travelling to Sydney to participate in the Australian National Final. The winner of the National Final will travel to London to participate in the International competition sponsored by BBM Youth Support and conducted in England by the English Speaking Union.
Natasha joined the other State winners in Sydney in August for what must have seemed for her a very long week-end. Prior to the major event the students, coordinators and Foundation Trustees had the opportunity to meet and greet each other at their centrally located accommodation in the historic Castlereagh Boutique Hotel.
The National Final was held on Monday 15th August in a theatre of the NSW Art Gallery. A full house listened intently to the prepared and impromptu speeches and learned something personal about each student during their onstage interview. Brief speeches were given by the CEO of BBM Youth Support and the NSW President of the English Speaking Union with a musical interlude by Laruen Olofsson.

There was a hush in the theatre when the adjudicators returned to the stage to announce their decision. Runner-up was Tandee Wang, of Sydney Technical High NSW; and the winner of the 2016 National Plain English Speaking Award went to Luke Macaronas, of St Kevin’s College Victoria. All of the finalists are to be congratulated on their preparation and performance, but the two young men gave outstanding presentations.
Although WA’s Natasha Tonga , is not the National winner, the Australia-Britain Society WA, her school, her teacher and her family can be proud of her presentation in Sydney and her role as a WA State representative.

Students between the ages of 16 – 18 years can speak to their teacher about registering for PESA by 31st March 2017. Teachers organise classroom sessions for students in April & May to select two school representatives.  The school representatives participate in the State Semi-finals and Final to be held in June & July.  The winner of the State Final will travel to Melbourne to compete in the National Final in August 2017.  Each state will have a representative in the National Final. Travel and accommodation for all State Winners and State Coordinators is generously funded by the Australia-Britain Society Foundation.  The winner of the National Final will represent Australia in the international English Speaking Competition in the UK.

Members of The Australia-Britain Society with 2016 award winner Luke Macaronas

Members of The Australia-Britain Society with 2016 award winner Luke Macaronas

Please refer to the Australia-Britain Society Foundation webpage for more information about the Plain English Speaking Award.

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