Debating Hawks

  • Experienced
  • 2 Days
  • Years 5 - 6

This two day course 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 8:1
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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Location The King's School, Parramatta

14th January

15th January


9:00AM - 3:00PM


2 Days



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Location The Shore School, North Sydney

16th January

17th January


9:00AM - 3:00PM


2 Days



Registrations Close 24 January!

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Location Sydney Boys High School, Moore Park

23rd January

24th January


9:00AM - 3:00PM


2 Days



-33.78610778578602, 151.02541012191773,The King’s School, Parramatta
-33.84063534994835, 151.20553655052186,The Shore School, North Sydney
-33.891619275036895, 151.2204389038086,Sydney Boys High School, Moore Park

Course Overview

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.  This program 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 best suit 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.

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 some other debating skills);
  • they have attended either our 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 out Debating Hummingbirds program a try.

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 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 debate; 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 one debate per day, but almost always two, 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 maximum size of our Debating Hawks class is 8 students with one coach, and 16 students with two coaches.

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 program, 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 program, we would recommend that students move onto either:

Alternatively, if you’re keen on a weekly term program, we would recommend either our Public Speaking Parrots program, or our Debating Pelicans program.  Both programs go into more depth on crucial public speaking concepts and policy debates respectively, and will help students further flourish as speakers!

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!

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.

Alice, Parent Debating Hawks