Plain English Speaking Award
The Plain English Speaking Award - PESA - was held at the venue of the English Speaking Union, situated in Bank Street, Ascot Vale on Tuesday the 30th of May.
Daphne Chryssanthakopoulos from Year 11 represented Strathmore Secondary College in this prestigious competition. She was required to present a six minute prepared speech. Daphne spoke on the topic of EDUCATION. After this, she was required to present an impromptu speech for three minutes on the topic: "The best things in life are free". She was given only 4 minutes to prepare for this speech.
Daphne spoke admirably during her two speeches and more than held her own against students from some very formidable private and government schools: Melbourne High School, St Bernard’s, Kilbreda College, Our Lady of Scion and others.
The standard of the speeches was so high that adjudicators took approximately 45 minutes to choose a winner - a female student from Bayside College who spoke on the topic of Feminism. The length of time they were forced to utilise to choose a winner was testament to the quality of each of the 12 speakers who presented their speeches.
Mr Chris Bassios