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ESU Scotland runs an annual National Schools Public Speaking Competition. This competition is primarily for school students in
S3-S4 and is entered by around 70 schools in Scotland each year. For details of the upcoming 2011-12 competition, please
call Stephen at the office on 0131 229 1528 or
2011-12 Schools Public Speaking Competition
The 2011-12 Public Speaking Competition will take place in early 2012 with the regional heats.
Details of this year's competition will be available at the end of November.
The 2012 Edinburgh Competition Festival
If you are interested in other forms of public speaking, then the Edinburgh Competition
Festival Association runs an annual festival which provides an opportunity for amateur musicians
and speakers of all ages to perform their pieces in a friendly environment and, along with other
performers of a similar ability, receive constructive feedback and advice from a specialist adjudicator
There are different categories to enter, for verse, prose reading, drama and reading from Sacred Texts.
The competition takes place on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th March 2012, and the closing date for entries is
30th November 2011. For more details, and to download the entry form, please go to
the ECFest website.
2010-11 Schools Public Speaking Competition
On June 14th the best eight speakers from the regional heats of the ESU Schools Public Speaking Competition competed
to become Scottish Champion at Edinburgh University's beautiful Playfair Library, Edinburgh. The topic for discussion was 'The Arab Spring'
In addition to the generous support already received from HSBC.
in hosting the preliminary rounds, the final of this year's competition was
by The Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre
for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, which aims to encourage
a deeper understanding of Islam throughout the UK and beyond via outreach projects and research. After eight fascinating and varied speeches
from all speakers, Ricky Owens from Clyde Valley High School, Wishaw won the competition, with Aparna Potluru of Craigmount High School,
Edinburgh finishing as runner up.
This competition is generously sponsored by HSBC.
In 2009 the Scottish Champions were the team from George Heriot's School. In 2008, the Scottish competition was won by the team from Jedburgh Grammar
School. In 2007, ESU Scotland also ran a Public Speaking Tournament as part of
the ESU European Parliament Project.