Experienced Debating

  • Experienced
  • 2 Days
  • Years 7 - 9

A two day workshop that combines multiple practice debates and a range of theoretical sessions to help high school students further flourish as debaters.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • Allow experienced students to practice their skills in debates on a range of topics.

  • Provide theory sessions on multiple topics, tailored to the interests and needs of the particular group.

  • Give students plenty of opportunities to present and receive individualised feedback.

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Location The King's School, Parramatta
Dates

14th January

15th January

Time

9:00AM - 3:00PM

Length

2 Days

Price

$240

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Location The Shore School, North Sydney
Dates

16th January

17th January

Time

9:00AM - 3:00PM

Length

2 Days

Price

$240

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Location Sydney Boys High School, Moore Park
Dates

23rd January

24th January

Time

9:00AM - 3:00PM

Length

2 Days

Price

$240

-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

Debating is one of those skills that genuinely hard to master.  There is a lot happening in a debate – meeting burdens, keeping to a team strategy, tackling the other team’s arguments – and it takes lots of training and practice to really get your head around it all.

Our Experienced Debating program seeks to help students grapple with all these concepts and more.  Taking a student centric approach to learning, our coaches are given a wide repository of material, and are able to pick and choose which lessons and activities will best suit the students actually present before them in the classroom.  When combined with a number of practice debates on a range of different topics, students are able to start piecing together the enigmatic puzzle that is high school debating.

Importantly, we make sure that all classes are kept small, light hearted and non-competitive – we want to ensure that all students feel welcome and able to develop as a debater at their own pace.

Our Experienced Debating workshop is an experienced level program.

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

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 Foundations of Debating program a try.

If you’re not sure whether your child would be better suited for our Foundations of Debating or Experienced Debating 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:

  • be given various opportunities to present in practice debates, taking on different roles each time;
  • receive personal feedback from an experienced and enthusiastic coach, which can then be applied soon after in the following debate; and
  • have exposure to a range of important concepts, that will help them develop a more holistic understanding of debating.

Given the modular nature of the Experienced Debating program, there is no strict timetable that coaches are required to follow – that said, students can generally 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 the following practice 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 range of debating related activities.  These will 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 Experienced Debating 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 Experienced Debating 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:

Unfortunately we don’t run any weekly term programs for high school students – that said, if you think there is demand in your area, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do!

Course Reviews

My daughter had a great time and learnt her strengths, as well as what to improve on. She also learnt it's okay to be funny when she debates and to listen more to improve rebutting. A good camp for learning and fun!

Anne, Parent Experienced Debating

My daughter had a brilliant time - partly due to the rapport with the fabulous staff - and it is a great concept for kids to develop their skills!

Maria, Parent Experienced Debating