Debating Hummingbirds

  • Beginner
  • 3 Days
  • Years 5 - 6

A three day introductory course for students with no experience in debating who want to see what it is all about. It is a great way to ease students in and provides a solid foundation to build upon.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • Give students an introduction to the basic concepts of policy debates, with a particular focus on cases, point structure and rebuttal;

  • Provide students the opportunity to participate in various debates on different topics.

  • Allow students  to practice their skills and receive plenty of feedback to help them develop. 

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Location The King's School, Parramatta
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15th April

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9:00AM - 3:00PM

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$300

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Location The Shore School, North Sydney
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20th April

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9:00AM - 3:00PM

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Location Sydney Boys High School, Moore Park
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22nd January

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Location Southern Cross College, Burwood
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Course Overview

Debating is often a competitive activity – both conceptually, as it involves two teams competing against one another, and more generally because of its popularity, as there are often limited spaces available for students to join their school team.

This course offers students a head-start on their peers by introducing them to the necessary skills and strategies involved with debating.  Placing a focus on the fundamentals of teamwork, case development, argument structure and rebuttal, students are given a leg up in any disagreement – peer and parent alike – and are given the tools and experience necessary to flourish as a novice debater.

Students are also given the opportunity to practice their skills in a small, supportive class environment, helping them develop their own self-confidence as a speaker.

Our Debating Hummingbirds workshop is a beginner level program.

The course is intended for students with minimal debating experience, and is recommended for both shy and confident students looking to cover the fundamentals of debating.  There is also no need for students to have public speaking experience – there is no assumed knowledge for the Debating Hummingbirds program.

We generally recommend that students who have done our Marsupials programs (such as our Koalas and Kangaroos holiday workshops, or our Wallabies and Wombats term classes) still do our Debating Hummingbirds course, before moving onto our Debating Hawks program.

If your child has some formal debating coaching and you’re not sure whether the beginner Hummingbirds or experienced Hawks debating program would suit them best, please get in touch and we’d be more than happy to discuss which is best for your child!

At the end of this programs, students should:

  • understand the basic rules and speaking roles involved in debating;
  • have developed an understanding of how to brainstorm arguments and develop a case as a team for policy debates;
  • know the best strategies to use when delivering arguments and giving rebuttal; and
  • have engaged in various activities and practice debates using topics derived from actual interschool debating competitions.

Day #1

Day one starts with a focus on helping students feel comfortable in the class setting.  Students are then taken through the basics of debating – with a particular focus on the rules and speaking roles – before spending some time going through affirmative and negative cases.  The day generally concludes with the students’ first debate.

 

Day #2

Day two shifts the focus onto argument structure in the morning, and rebuttal strategies in the afternoon.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a second debate, and engage in a range of other activities to help deepen the students’ understanding of the relevant concepts.

 

Day #3

Day three involves at least one (and usually two) more debates, and generally focuses on consolidating the theory covered over the first two days with further activities.  Keeping student centred learning in mind, coaches are also given the opportunity to extend the students using an elective they believe will held the students further flourish as debaters.

Our classes vary in size every holiday depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Debating Hummingbirds 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 personal feedback sheet prepared by their coach, which goes through what they’ve improved on, and what still needs some work;
  • a certificate recognising their achievements at the workshop;
  • a booklet that includes all the concepts they’ve covered over the course of the program, as well as any notes that they’ve taken; and
  • hopefully a more enthusiastic approach to debating, and presentations more generally!

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 Parrots program.  Both programs go into more depth on persuasive speeches and policy debates respectively, and are the perfect way to ensure that students retain and build upon what they’ve learned over the holiday period!

Course Reviews

Your distinctive approach of infusing fun and energy into a rigorous and technically disciplined programme is excellent - and works. It is challenging to fully engage school aged children to be excited and energised over three full school holiday days...yet you did it so well.

Our son loved all three days and came away with lots of stories and much more confidence. What really matters for him is being in a safe environment to experiment and learn and to feel truly supported as he builds his capabilities. Thanks for investing so much attention to this. We will be back next holidays!

Jacqueline, Parent Debating Hummingbirds

Could not thank you more! My son had a great experience and learned a lot! With his Anxiety, I was so worried about his attendance as it can either boost his interests and confidence or destroy it. With all your consideration, support and patience (and of course professional knowledge), he had a fantastic time and would love to learn more in the future. So thank you so so much!!

Jolan, Parent Debating Hummingbirds