Public Speaking and Debating
St Edward’s College offers opportunities for boys in all years to participate in public speaking. Obviously, speaking in a formal sense is part of all subjects and forms part of assessment in most areas. These might include impromptu as well as prepared speeches.

The aim of the College is to provide students with opportunities to develop public speaking skills through competition.

Principal competitions entered include the Rostrum Voice of Youth for both senior and junior students; the Sydney Morning Herald Plain Speaking Award (senior) and the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award. These are all national competitions.

In addition, Year 11 students are targeted to participate in the Lions Youth of the Year Quest. Young men who are looking to highlight their leadership credentials are encouraged to represent the College, and become one of the local Lions Club’s candidates in regional, state and, hopefully, national finals.

Students from Years 7 to 11 take part in the Josie Mitchell Public Speaking Competition and students from Years 7 to 9 compete in the Josie Mitchell Debating Competition.  Students also participate in many United Nations events including youth camps, MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) and EVATT.

The College has been a strong supporter of the University of Newcastle Debating Competition, held in late Term 4. It provides an opportunity for our boys to challenge themselves and gain representative honours for the College.