Junior Speaker

new skills and techniques.

in a welcoming and comfortable environment.

your ability as a public speaker and debater.

new skills and techniques.

in a welcoming and comfortable environment.

your ability as a public speaker and debater.

Hummingbirds and Hawks Junior Courses

Ages: 9-12 Years

For those nearing the end of primary school that wish to learn new skills, or just practice and develop established abilities.

Introduction to Public Speaking

Hummingbirds

at North Sydney and Parramatta

$ 200/Student

  • An introduction to public speaking over the course of two days that allows students to find their feet.
  • 2-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • No experience required

Introduction to Debating

Hummingbirds

at North Sydney and Parramatta

$ 260/Student

  • Learn the basics of debating in a nurturing environment perfect for late primary school students.
  • 3-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • No experience required

Debating Club

Hawks

at North Sydney and Parramatta

$ 200/Student

  • A course for those with debating experience to hone their skills amongst other students.
  • 2-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Some experience required

Interested in coming along next holidays?

Leave your details, and we’ll let you know as soon as bookings open!

We run programs during every school holidays, and will change which week of the break from holiday to holiday depending on venue and staff availability.

All of our holiday programs are either 2 or 3 days long, and run between 9:00am and 3:00pm. We are normally at the sign in desk by 8:30am, but ask that you pick your children up promptly at the end of the day.

We only hire experienced coaches who have a deep understanding of public speaking and/or debating. Every coach has been handpicked for their knowledge of public speaking and/or debating, and carefully allocated to the programs that best suit their skills. Noting that our student’s safety is our highest priority, we ensure that every coach has a Working With Vulnerable Persons Check done with the ACT Government.

You can find out more about our coaches on our Coaches webpage.

Our teaching philosophy has three tiers.

Firstly, the safety of the students is paramount. We do not allow our coaches to conduct any activities unless the students are safe.

Secondly, the students need to have fun. We have no illusions that these are our students’ school holidays, and that the only way they’ll listen and pick up skills is by enjoying themselves. We use a range of techniques to ensure that the students maintain their attention by mixing up theory with practice, and by using games that teach public speaking without the students even realising that they’re actually being taught something new.

Thirdly, the students should learn. Importantly, we believe in learning by doing – that students will only walk away with a new set of skills if they have had the opportunity to practice them. This is why we keep class sizes small – to ensure that every student has an opportunity to speak, and that every student gets ample personalised feedback so they can improve.

Aside from our teaching philosophy being almost unique in a world of increasingly mass produced education, Canberra Speaking School (and the other Australian Speaking Schools) are organisations that have grown out of the idea that every student is able to speak in public with a little practice.

The founders of the Australian Speaking Schools mentality, Mark Slaven and Daniel Dummer, were both rather average public speakers during their school years. Both joined the debating circuit at university, and were roundly defeated in their early tournaments. It was only through perseverance and hard work that they both grew as public speakers, eventually running national tournaments, winning various other competitions around Australia and successfully representing their university and competing in championships around the globe.

The Australian Speaking Schools are what they wish they could have attended when they were at school.