Information about the competition

Rostrum's Student Development Program for Secondary School Students.

A message regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  We are pleased to announce that the Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking Competition is back in 2021, having been cancelled last year due to the COVID virus. Our primary aim is to protect the health, safety and well-being of all those involved in the competition as competitors, officials, teachers or supporters. Accordingly, please note that by entering your students in the Voice of Youth, you are agreeing to abide by the COVID-Safe protocols of the competition and of the individual schools hosting the heats. Further details (which may vary between venues) will be provided prior to each heat/ regional final.

The NSW Zone for the Voice of Youth covers schools in the Sydney Metropolitan, Illawarra and Hunter regions. Further information regarding adjudication criteria can be found at All entries must be lodged via your school. If you wish to compete, you will need to ask your school Public Speaking Coordinator to contact Rostrum. Full details will be sent to schools in January. 

2021 Prepared Speech Topics for Heats and Regional Finals

Junior Senior
Aged at least 11 at 1/1/2021 and in Years 7, 8 or 9
Prepared speech*: 6 minutes (warning bell at 5 mins)

Aged under 18 at 1/1/2021 and in Years 10, 11 or 12
Prepared speech*: 8 minutes (warning bell at 6 mins)

 The right attitude  Caught in the crossfire
 An incredible discovery  Isolated from humanity
 A story that matters  Life in colour
 In the spotlight  Confident and world ready
 It gets easier with practice  A message to critics

* Impromptu speeches required in Regional and State Finals only.

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