WA Branch Newsletters

The Australia Britain Society Western Australia produce a quarterly NEWSGRAM and regular NEWS ALERTS to keep members informed of activities and relevant nNewsGramews.

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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 2018 WA PESA Final was held at the Victoria League, Shenton Park, on Saturday 21 July between:

Luke Button – Eastern Hills Senior High School

Cooper Hagan – CBC Fremantle

Zachary Matthews – Guildford Grammer School

Jemima Reid – Santa Maria College.

The 2018 WA Winner was declared to be Jemima Reid. Jemima went on to achieve Second Place in the Interstate final held in Darwin on 12 August 2018.

The Australia Winner for 2018 was Justin Lai from Sydney Boys High School.

In 2017 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.Mr Leon Cohen 1978 PESA Award Winner

Mr Leon Cohen, the first WA Plain English Speaking Award winner (in 1978) visited the 2017 WA competitors during their Semi-Finals.



          Students between the ages of 16 – 18 years can speak to their teacher about registering for PESA by 31st March 2018. 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 Darwin to compete in the National Final.  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.

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




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