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Award-winning public speaking and debating classes for students of all ages

School Holiday Workshops

Debating and public speaking workshops designed to help students learn valuable life skills and build self confidence at a safe, informative and enjoyable setting.

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Weekly Term Programs

Weekly classes run by our enthusiastic coaches to develop their communication skills using interactive activities and fun games in a welcoming environment.

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In-School Classes

Bespoke classes to help teachers maximise their students' potential, with everything from intensive public speaking workshops to weekly debate clubs.

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What programs can my child do with SSA?

We make learning fun and have engaging in-person and online courses tailored to suit everyone

Shy or outgoing, beginner or adept, young or old - it doesn't matter. Our debating and public speaking programs are perfect for building confidence in kids from any background, all the while developing their practical performance skills.

Speaking Skills Bumblebees Speaking Skills Bumblebees Kindy

A fun and exciting two-day program for students in Kindergarten that allows students to develop their communication skills without needing to know how to read and write.

Presentation Skills Tabby Cats Presentation Skills Tabby Cats Years 1 - 2

A practical and hands-on workshop that looks to provide students with a basic but important introduction to presentation skills, and focuses on forming good speaking habits rather than teaching abstract theory.

Presentation Skills Tigers Presentation Skills Tigers Years 1 - 2

This workshop provides interactive and fun activities to both deepen students’ understanding of how to best present in front of a class and to further develop their confidence in speaking to audiences.

Speaking Camp Koalas Speaking Camp Koalas Years 3 - 4

An interactive, activity-based workshop that aims to introduce beginner level mid-primary students to the exciting world of public speaking and debating.

Speaking Camp Kangaroos Speaking Camp Kangaroos Years 3 - 4

This workshop for mixed experience speakers enables students to apply their skills in a variety of novel situations, allowing them to develop their confidence, critical thinking and resilience even further.

Public Speaking Honeyeaters Public Speaking Honeyeaters Years 5 - 6

This introductory level course aims to give primary school students a head start on their public speaking and speech writing skills in a fun and welcoming atmosphere.

Public Speaking Herons Public Speaking Herons Years 5 - 6

This workshop, which changes every holiday, helps students develop different specific skills relating to public speaking.

Over the April holidays, the focus will be Impromptu Speeches.

Debating Hummingbirds Debating Hummingbirds Years 5 - 6

An introductory workshop for students with no experience in 'policy' debating who want to see what it is all about. It is a great way to ease students in and provides a solid foundation to build upon.

Debating Hawks Debating Hawks Years 5 - 6

This is a workshop for students with some debating experience that affords them the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge, exercise their debating skills and gain exposure to interesting and pertinent topics.

Foundations of Public Speaking Foundations of Public Speaking Years 7 - 9

This public speaking program is designed to help inexperienced students in early high school develop the confidence to bring their words to life.

Experienced Public Speaking Experienced Public Speaking Years 7 - 9

This workshop, which changes every holiday, helps students develop specific public speaking skills.

Over the April holidays, the focus will be Impromptu Speeches.

Foundations of Debating Foundations of Debating Years 7 - 9

A beginner-level workshop which seeks to equip students with all the fundamental skills necessary to flourish in high school debating.

Experienced Debating Experienced Debating Years 7 - 9

A fun and interactive workshop that combines multiple practice debates and a range of theoretical sessions to help high school students further flourish as debaters.

Speaking Skills Butterflies Speaking Skills Butterflies Kindy

An exciting and fun weekly program for students in Kindy that allows students to develop their communication skills without needing to know how to read and write.

Speaking Skills Cubs Speaking Skills Cubs Years 1 - 2

A one-hour weekly program designed to help students explore and enjoy the world of public speaking and creative writing.

Presentation Skills Leopards Presentation Skills Leopards Years 1 - 2

Presentation Skills Leopards is a hands-on and interactive program that is ideal for students looking to build confidence in a supportive and welcoming environment.

This program is recommended for all Year 1 students and beginner Year 2 students.

Presentation Skills Lions Presentation Skills Lions Years 1 - 2

This program, which changes from term to term, helps students develop their presentation skills in a range of different speaking styles.

This program is recommended for all Year 2 students and advanced Year 1 students.

Speaking Skills Joeys Speaking Skills Joeys Years 3 - 4

A one-hour weekly program designed to change every term and challenge both beginner and experienced students across a range of speaking styles.

Public Speaking Wombats Public Speaking Wombats Years 3 - 4

A beginner program that is ideal for students in Years 3 – 4 who are new to public speaking and who would like to build their confidence.

Debating Wallabies Debating Wallabies Years 3 - 4

Debating Wallabies is a great way for a beginner student to take their first steps into the world of non-policy debating!

Debating Wolverines Debating Wolverines Years 3 - 4

A debating program that builds on the concepts covered in Debating Wallabies, and introduces students to more complex policy based topics and case structures.

Speaking Skills Owlets Speaking Skills Owlets Years 5 - 6

One-hour, weekly classes that help students in Years 5 - 6 improve their understanding of public speaking and build their confidence.

Public Speaking Penguins Public Speaking Penguins Years 5 - 6

Public Speaking Penguins is an mixed experience course for students in Years 5 & 6 who are new to public speaking and want to learn the ropes in a fun environment.

Debating Parrots Debating Parrots Years 5 - 6

Debating Parrots is the ideal course for students who are either new to debating, or would like to learn what policy debating is all about.

Debating Pelicans Debating Pelicans Years 5 - 6

Debating Pelicans builds on the foundational knowledge developed in Debating Parrots (or our Debating Hummingbirds holiday program) and helps students take their skills to the next level.

Debating Club Debating Club Years 7 - 9

Debating Club is the ideal course for high school students who are new to debating and would like to develop the fundamental skills necessary to flourish in high school debating.

Practice Debates Practice Debates Years 7 - 9

A weekly program that combines practice debates nearly every week with a range of theoretical sessions to help high school students develop their debating skills even further.

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Our Mission at SSA

We are raising the educational bar.

Our mission is to empower children with the soft skills, resilience and public speaking skills they need to confidently navigate a constantly changing world.

By offering the best possible debating and public speaking classes, we aim to help as many students as possible improve their communication skills in fun, welcoming and safe learning environments. Our focus is on improving students critical thinking, communication and observation skills, all the while helping them build confidence, empathy and resilience.

Get in touch to learn more about how we can help your child improve their oratory skills, from building confidence to effective body language!

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Speaking Schools Australasia is the most oustanding education service on Sydney's North Shore

The most Outstanding Education Service on Sydney's North Shore

In addition to being finalists for Young Businessperson of the Year and Business of the Year at the Local Business Awards in 2023, and Children's Educational Services in the Small Business Champions Awards in 2022 & 2023.

Speaking Schools is also a proud provider of the NSW Active & Creative Kids Program - please get in touch if you'd like to learn more about redeeming Creative Kids Vouchers with SSA!

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Meet our Satisfied Parents

Our journey started with Speaking Schools Australasia with enrolling my son to Speaking Camp Koalas. I was very impressed on how the classes were conducted through the 3 days and could see a change it brought for my son.

I soon enrolled him for the Speaking Camp Kangaroos which was again beneficial and had seen the growth both camps had on him. Their feedback was very valuable and as a parent it helped me know where I can also put in effort in day to day work too.

Very recently I enrolled him for Public Speaking Hummingbirds online course- though I wasn't sure how this would work given its online but I was blown away with the process it was carried out and very impressed by the coach Estelle the way she handled all children and their queries. The learning strategies and techniques they use to teach children is very innovative and very much beneficial for their success.

I will soon be enrolling him into Debating Hummingbirds. Highly recommended.

Speaking Camp Koalas
Deepali, Parent Speaking Camp Koalas

From start to finish, this course has continually challenged and helped to develop my son's speaking skills. With his entry into high school approaching rapidly, I often worry if my son will be able to appropriately express his views - however, through this program, I now feel more assured than ever that my son will be able to speak confidently, formulate clear ideas and communicate well within his classroom and outside of school too.

The directors were helpful and always willing to answer my nagging questions, and my son has also made lasting friendships. He has improved and achieved his personal bests in the difficult area of public speaking and I couldn't possibly recommend this course more.

Debating Hawks
James, Parent Debating Hawks

Great work Speaking Schools!

My son attended the online holiday program. It helped him with presentation skills, build confidence and to face an audience. Online classes were effective and well structured with lots of interactions and games.

My son loved the classes as it was very engaging and interesting, without a dull moment. Speaking Schools is highly recommended for maintaining standards and quality of teachers.

Presentation Skills Tabby Cats
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Our In-School Public Speaking & Debating Workshops

Unsure how to best help your students become more natural public speakers, demonstrate their innate persuasive skills or how to start a debate speech?

We have worked with dozens of schools all over Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Australia to help students improve their confidence, boost their critical thinking skills and develop their public speaking ability for any future performance.

By teaching students the importance of public speaking skills, whether it be body language or storytelling skills, and how they can use those new skills both at school and later in life, we look to provide every child with the practical experience necessary to empower them to succeed.

Below are just a few of the schools and competitions we've worked with over the years - if you would be interested in building your students' self-esteem and developing an important life skill or two through speaking and debating coaching (all the while linking it to established learning outcomes), you can find out more information about our in-school programs here.

Please get in touch if you would like to explore options to bring lessons in debating and public speaking for kids at your school!

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