9:00AM - 3:00PM
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
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.
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:
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:
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:
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!
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!
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!