Founded in 2015 in response to a lack of public speaking and debating coaching in Sydney, SSA has now run programs and competitions for tens of thousands of students across the Asia-Pacific.
It is our goal to provide as many students as possible - whether shy or outgoing - with the tools they need to flourish as confident, articulate and engaging speakers.
Check out our programs to learn more about how we are helping kids of all ages find their voice and build their resilience in an ever-changing world!
Location was great and the girls were both keen to come back on the second day. They both said that they enjoyed it and learnt some new skills. They also liked their instructors.
I think that the course is excellent, and the guide/workbook provided to the kids was well put together. Certainly able to refer back to it again in future.
My daughter had a great time and learnt her strengths, as well as what to improve on. She also learnt it's okay to be funny when she debates and to listen more to improve rebutting. A good camp for learning and fun!
My son is starting high school this year and is fantastic to have a school like yours, offering these courses to young people. About the course, he found it enjoyable and extremely useful.
Well done guys! Thank you for everything and please keep me updated about your upcoming events.
We at SSA are proud supporters of improving debating, public speaking, mental health and resilience for students in whatever way we can!
Check out the below to see where we've been active in the public speaking and debating community.
The Australian National Debating Championship (affectionately known as ‘Easters’) is the biggest debating tournament in Australia, and very close to our hearts.
Unlike most other debating tournaments, Easters is 'pro-am', meaning that each team is made up of one experienced debater, and two novice debaters, with the view to introducing new students from all backgrounds to the world of university debating. It is often the first tournament high school graduates attend, and is the source of many fond memories for many of our coaches.
We are very proud to have the opportunity to sponsor this event for the eighth year in a row in 2024.
The Australasian Women & Gender Minorities Debating Championships (usually shortened to ‘WGM’) is one of the four major tournaments that Australian universities participate in. Given that society often puts the views of cis-men before those of women and those from various gender minorities, and that many (if not most) debaters are cis-male, this tournament provides an opportunity for those who identify with a gender that is unfortunately and often unfairly sidelined to express their opinions on a variety of topics.
We at Speaking Schools Australasia are firmly of the view that women and those who identify as a gender minority should be given the same platform as cis-men to speak in public, and encouraged to use that platform as often as they can.
It is with great pride that we have sponsored every in-person WGM Debating Championships held in Australia since 2017.
The National Schools Debating Championship is the peak Australian school-level debating competition, inviting representatives from all states and territories to come together and compete.
SSA is very excited to be able to sponsor such an amazing competition for students Australia-wide for the past two years, and hopes to continue this tradition in the future!
UN Youth Australia is a national, youth-led, not for profit organisation run entirely by volunteers under the age of 25. They are committed to promoting grassroots engagement with the aims and principles of the United Nations by providing Young Australians with opportunities to learn about global affairs and with avenues to express their opinions.
We are very proud to have had the opportunity to sponsor such a great organisation which helps students find their voice!