ACT Primary Schools Speaking Competition

Over eighty schools have registered to take part in the 2024 Rostrum Primary Schools Speaking Competition! A list of all the participating schools is available below. 

Rostrum has been running this competition for schools in the ACT and surrounding areas of New South Wales for over 50 years. Each school is invited to enter one competitor into the competition after running a selection process in their own school. Schools select a Winner and Reserve. (The Reserve is needed in case the Winner is unable to attend the Quarter Final).

The Quarter and Semi Finals are held in the evening at a host school. This year the Quarter Finals will be held during June and July, a list with details of every Quarter Final is available below.

Topics for the Quarter and Semi Finals are provided by Rostrum and can be downloaded below. Each student speaks for 3 minutes with a warning bell at 2 minutes. Rostrum adjudicators will assess each speech and determine the Winner and Runner Up, both of whom will proceed to the next round.

The Grand Final will be held at the Canberra College Theatre in Phillip in the evening on Monday 16 September 2024. Topics for the Grand Final are different to the earlier rounds and will be advised once the finalists are known. Each speaker in the Grand Final will speak for 4 minutes. The Warren Hine trophy is awarded to the winning speaker as determined by the Rostrum adjudicators, the Randall Falkiner trophy is awarded for best research in a speech and a People’s Choice trophy is also awarded, based on a vote of the audience.    

All competitors at the Quarter Final, Semi-Final, and Grand Final receive a certificate. The Grand Final winner and runner up receive medallions and trophies, and the winning school will receive the Perpetual Shield to hold for the next year.

For further details please contact the competition coordinator by email at .  

General Information and online registration
Speech Topics 2024
Important Dates
Hints for Students
Guidelines for Teachers and Parents
Guidelines for schools hosting quarter finals and semi finals
Participating Schools 2024
Details of Quarter Finals 2024
Guidelines for schools hosting quarter finals and semi finals

Winner and runner up 2023

Winner 2023 Primary schools competition
2023 ACT Primary schools competition runner up
From the Archives

Enjoy the speeches from the 2017 Grand Final by clicking on the YouTube link for each speaker –

Competition Speeches

“A Winning Formula” by Heli L., Mt Rogers Primary School, Melba – 

“Adapting to Change” by Marama H., Campbell Primary School – 

“Adapting to Change” by Luca H.,  Holy Family Primary School, Gowrie – 

“Citizenship” by Clancy P., Marist College Junior School, Pearce – 

“Making A Difference” by Akira B., Lyneham Primary School – 

“Making A Difference” by Katie P., Torrens Primary School – 

“Adapting to Change” by Oliver S.-H., Rosary Primary School, Watson – 

“Making a Difference” by Kabir B. of Neville Bonner Primary School, Bonner – 

Guest Speakers

“Endangered Species” by Tristan P. of Yass Public School – 

“Australia Day” by Aysha C. of Gold Creek Primary School – 

“A Quiet Achiever” by Audry K. of Canberra Girls Grammar School, Deakin –