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English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Students learn about the English language through written, spoken and visual texts of increasing complexity as they progress through their schooling.

An understanding of the English language is central to how we communicate and essential for intellectual, social and emotional development.

The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.



The Writing Band Tool, developed by Ashfield Public School, is used to track student growth in Writing. 





Whole School Public Speaking Compettion


The aim of the Ashfield Public School public speaking competition is to enhance the oral communication of all children. It is about children coming to an increased understanding of public speaking skills and how to engage an audience.


The competition commences in the classrooms during with each student delivering a speech according to the requirements of the particular division that they have entered.


Students  will only compete against other students in their grade and division. Two students per class, from a particular division and grade, will be selected  to participate in our school finals.


Students competing in Division Two can qualify to represent our school in the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition and the Primary School Public Speaking Competition.



Timing of Speeches: Division One


Kindergarten to Year Six

Prepared speech (No time limit)


Timing of Speeches: Division Two



Prepared speech (1 minute)

Impromptu speech (30 seconds)


Years 1 & 2

Prepared speech (2 minutes)

Impromptu speech (1 minute)


Years 3 & 4

Prepared speech (3 minutes)

Impromptu speech (1 minute)


Years 5 & 6

Prepared speech (4 minutes)

Impromptu speech (2 minutes)



Division One Information


Prepared Speech

Students selects a topic of interest.  Students may use a visual stimulus such as a toy or photograph during the speech. The visual stimulus acts as a prompt to engage the audience.

No palm cards or written text on a power point are to be used.

An example of a speech in Division One might be a speech on Castles or Netball. The student might speak for 30 seconds and be guided by a series of photographs (strictly no written text allowed) presented via a power point and/ or props.

The purpose of the Public Speaking Competition is to develop children’s confidence and ability to speak in front of an audience using eye contact, appropriate volume and expression, and gestures.

Some children may choose to deliver their speech in a language other than English. An adult proficient in English and that language will assist the teacher to assess the speech.

Remember in Division One, there is strictly no written text and children will be taught in class how to speak using visuals such as photographs and maps as cues to guide their speech. 





Division Two Information


Prepared Speech

Students use palm cards to deliver a prepared speech on a specified topics.



Impromptu Speech

Students use palm cards to deliver an impromptu speech on a topic which will be on a general, non-multicultural theme. The topic is chosen on the day by the teacher/ adjudicator and students will have 5 minutes to write their impromptu speeches.






In general, students will be assessed according to the following areas:


Poise and Posture

The student effectively uses facial (smiling, concern etc.) and arm/hand gestures when appropriate. The student also stands straight and looks confident and at ease throughout the speech.



The speech captures the audience’s attention with student using effective eye contact and resources (photo, toy etc…). The student also speaks in a way that is expressive, articulate and audible. Remember that only students in Division Two may use palm cards.


Flow of Speech

The speech is easy to follow and understand with the student keeping on topic. There is an appropriate introduction, followed by the body of the speech and summing up with an appropriate conclusion.


Sophistication of Speech

The speech is well-researched to show the scope of topic and a degree of insight into complexity contained within the topic.



Keep to time limit (Division Two only).