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Debating Hawks

Debating Hawks

  • Mixed Experience
  • 2 - 3 Days
  • Years 5 - 7

This is a semi-modular workshop for intermediate debaters that affords them the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge, exercise their debating skills and gain exposure to interesting and pertinent topics.

Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Course Objectives
  • Provide intermediate debaters with various practice debates on a range of topics.

  • Run a number of theory sessions on more in-depth debating concepts to help students develop.

  • Give students plenty of opportunities to practice their debating skills and receive individualised feedback.

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Bookings Close 3 July!

Location Camberwell Girls Grammar School, Canterbury
Dates

2nd July

3rd July

Time

9:15AM - 3:15PM

Length

2 Days

Price

$270 $250

Bookings Close 9 July!

Location Online Program
Dates

8th July

9th July

10th July

Time

9:30AM - 1:30PM

Length

3 Days

Price

$230 $220

Bookings Close 9 July!

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Location The King's School, North Parramatta
Dates

8th July

9th July

Time

9:15AM - 3:15PM

Length

2 Days

Price

$270 $250

Bookings Close 12 July!

2 Spots Left!
Location The Shore School, North Sydney
Dates

11th July

12th July

Time

9:15AM - 3:15PM

Length

2 Days

Price

$270 $250

Bookings Close 16 July!

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Location Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga
Dates

15th July

16th July

Time

9:15AM - 3:15PM

Length

2 Days

Price

$270 $250

Bookings Close 19 July!

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Location Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Burwood
Dates

18th July

19th July

Time

9:15AM - 3:15PM

Length

2 Days

Price

$270 $250

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Course Overview

Book in quick before our Early Bird Discount ends at Midnight 2 June!

 

Cases, burdens, arguments, rebuttal, stakeholders – there is a lot going on in debating, and it can often be difficult to conceptualise it all at once.  The Debating Hawks workshop aims to help students to tie all of the elements together.

Placing a strong focus on student-centred learning, this semi-modular program allows coaches to observe each student in their class, determine what concepts would most benefit the group, and run classes that focus on those ideas.  This is then accompanied by several debates – with plenty of time allocated to personal feedback – to help provide students with a more holistic understanding of debating.

Classes are kept small, fun and non-competitive, with the view of ensuring that all students feel supported and able to develop as a speaker at their own pace.

 

More Information

Our Debating Hawks workshop is an intermediate-level program.

Designed for students with some exposure to debating, we recommend that students only enrol if:

  • they have completed our Speak Out Hummingbirds holiday workshop (or have previously done the Debating Hawks program, and want to develop their debating skills further);
  • they have attended our Debating Parrots term program;
  • have public speaking experience, feel confident in their ability to adapt to debating quickly and are not able to attend one of Speak Out Hummingbirds workshops;
  • they’ve received formal training with another provider; or
  • they have participated in a comprehensive debating training program at their school.

We also recommend that students who have only done our Debating Wallabies program in Years 3 & 4 also give our Speak Out Hummingbirds workshop a go first – the Wallabies program doesn’t cover ‘policy’ style debating, and so doesn’t fully prepare students for the Debating Hawks course.

Alternatively, if your child is in Year 7 (or higher) and is an advanced debater, they may also want to give our Practice Debates workshop a try for a more significant challenge.

If you’re not sure whether your child would be better suited for our Speak Out Hummingbirds, Debating Hawks or Practice Debates workshop, please get in touch and we would be more than happy to discuss it with you!

Alternatively, please check out our video below to see how our holiday workshops function!

Over the duration of the Debating Hawks program, students will:

  • have multiple opportunities to practice their skills across a number of debates on different topics;
  • receive personal feedback from an experienced and enthusiastic coach, which can then be applied soon after in the following debates; and
  • have exposure to various concepts and ideas that will help them flourish as a debater and develop a more holistic understanding of the art.

Given the semi-modular nature of the Debating Hawks program, there is no strict timetable that coaches are required to follow – however, more generally, students can expect to:

  • participate in at least 3-4 debates over the course of the workshop, each on a different topic;
  • have time set aside for personal feedback which they can implement in their next debate; and
  • at least one theory session each day, focusing on a topic the coach believes will best benefit the group as a whole.

Students will also be exposed to several activities to help them develop their confidence and impromptu speaking skills, whilst at the same time ensuring that they have an enjoyable experience at the program!

Our classes vary in size every holiday depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the student to teacher ratio in our Debating Hawks class is 9 students per coach, with a maximum of 16 students in a class.

If there aren’t any spots left, it’s usually because we’ve hit capacity – please get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do about either opening an extra class, fitting your child into the existing class, or putting you on a waitlist in case any students pull out!

After each Debating Hawks program (which can be repeated unlimited times), students will go home with:

  • a feedback sheet prepared by their coach, which outlines what they’ve improved on during the course, and what they could continue to work on in the future;
  • a certificate recognising that they have completed the Debating Hawks workshop;
  • a workbook containing any notes that the students wrote down during the course; and
  • a more holistic understanding of debating!

If you’re interested in doing another holiday workshop, we would recommend that students move on to either:

  • our Debating Hawks program again – the program is semi-modular and changes every holiday, so students will learn something new every time they complete it;
  • if your child is in Year 7 (or higher) and looking for something more testing, our more advanced Practice Debates workshop for Years 7 – 10 may provide them with the challenge they’re after;
  • if your child is looking for something different, our Public Speaking Polar Bears workshop for Years 6 – 8 would provide a different perspective on presenting to audiences!

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a weekly term program, we offer:

  • Public Speaking Penguins, which takes Year 5 – 7 students through various different public speaking skills each term;
  • Debating Parrots, which exposes students in Years 5 – 7 to a range of different debating skills every term;
  • Debating Pandas, which takes Year 6 – 8 students through intermediate-level debating concepts (amongst a range of practice debates); or
  • Debating Club, a more advanced modular class for Year 7 – 10 students to practice their skills each and every week.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or get in touch using our contact form to learn more!

Course Reviews

It’s a nice program and would recommend it to any parent who are looking to have their children spend quality time during the holidays.

My daughter loved it and looking forward to the next one!

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Sheetal, Parent Debating Hawks

My son enjoyed the interactions with his teacher, especially on the second day. They chatted about schools and exams which are not always debating related but I found that it expanded his world and helped him retain the debating techniques taught in class.

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Alice, Parent Debating Hawks
  • According to 100+ Hawks surveyed in 2023...

  • 100%

    had fun!

  • 97%

    felt more confident in their ability!

  • 95%

    improved their speaking manner!

  • 99%

    noticed they could make stronger arguments!

  • 94%

    wanted to come back again next time!

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