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The DAV is a non-profit association which exists to promote debate. It is the peak debating body in Victoria and runs large competitions for adults and for schools across Victoria. It provides training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators.

Schools Competition
(Yr 9-12 Debating)

Junior Public Speaking Competition 2018

Every year the DAV runs a state-wide Junior Public Speaking Competition for students in Years 7 and 8. The program aims to give young speakers the opportunity to put their ideas forward in front of an audience whilst expanding their knowledge of current affairs. Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation—confidence, clarity, and the development of arguments—which are very important skills both in and out of school. The competition in 2018 will run across one school day, commencing with a training session led by DAV instructors.

Please note: Registration is due by 5pm, Friday 20th April.

When: From Term 2 (with finals to be held throughout Terms 3 and 4)
Where: Host schools across Victoria
Who: Students in Years 7 and 8
Format: Students will participate in a training session and then present one prepared speech and two impromptu speeches. In semi-finals and the grand final, students will present one prepared speech (same as that used in the preliminary rounds or a new one) and one impromptu topic.
Cost: $40 per student, limit of 6 students per school, per region.

Schools can register students in multiple regions, but we may not be able to accept all additional registrations. These will be dependent on room capacity in each region.
Registration: Coordinators can register students by logging in to the DAV website.
Please contact the office on 9348 9477 if you are a new coordinator, or if you need to be reminded of your log-in details.

Topics for 2018

Students must prepare a 4-5 minute speech on one of the following topics:

  • Fighting for survival
  • A great nation
  • Spreading hapiness

Students will also present two improptu speeches of 2-3 minutes.

Heidelberg Our Lady of Mercy College Tuesday 1st May 2018
Frankston John Paul College

Wednesday 9th May 2018

Bentleigh St James College Tuesday 5th June 2018
Mt Waverley Huntingtower Wednesday 6th June 2018
Maribyrnong Maribyrnong College Tuesday 12th June 2018
Toorak St Catherine's School Wednesday 13th June 2018
Mentone Mentone Girls' Grammar Monday 18th June 2018
Geelong Sacred Heart College Friday 8th June 2018
Ringwood Waverley Christian College Thuesday 26th June 2018

All regions run from 9:30am to 3pm.