Debating Hawks

Debating Hawks

  • Experienced Students Only
  • Days
  • 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.

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

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

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

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Course Overview

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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 program allows coaches to observe each of the students in their class, determine what concepts would most benefit the group, and run classes that focus on those ideas.  This is then accompanied by a number of 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.

During the upcoming holidays, we will be offering many of our workshops both in-person and online.

For the most part, there is very little that separates our online and physical programs – both are interactive, cover the same theoretical concepts, and give students a range of opportunities to practice and develop their skills. Whilst some activities are different between the two, as some activities lend themselves better to physical or online classes, the actual learning outcomes remain the same for both classes.

Importantly, the timing of each workshop does differ:

  • Our in-person workshop runs between 9:15am and 3:15pm over two days;
  • Our online program runs between 9:30am and 1:30pm over three days, with a half-hour break at 11:30am.

Notably, the difference in price between each isn’t an indication of the quality of the program, or how much students will get out of the experience – both get the same amount of attention and care, and we’ve found some students develop better in an online environment.  The deviation instead is simply a result of the higher costs (such as venue hire, administrative staff and sanitation) associated with running classes face-to-face.

If you’re interested in learning more about how our online and in-person programs work, please check out the videos below!

Our Debating Hawks workshop is an experienced level program.

Designed for students with formal coaching in debating, we recommend that students only enrol if:

  • they have completed our Debating Hummingbirds holiday program (or have previously done the Debating Hawks program, and want to improve other debating skills);
  • they have attended either our Debating Wolverines, Debating Parrots or Debating Pelicans term program;
  • they’ve received formal training with another provider; or
  • they attend a school with a comprehensive debating training program, and competed in a number of interschool debates.

Importantly, debating and public speaking are very different skills – attending a public speaking program with us, or participating in a public speaking program at school, doesn’t really prepare students for this workshop – they would be better off giving our Debating Hummingbirds program a try.

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

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

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 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 a number of 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!
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
  • After our January 2023 Holiday Workshops...

  • 100%

    of Hawks students had fun!

  • 100%

    of Hawks students felt their argumentation improved!

  • 100%

    of Hawks students believed their manner improved!

  • 88%

    of Hawks students want to come back next time!

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