Experienced Public Speaking

  • Experienced
  • 2 Days
  • Years 7 - 9

This workshop, which changes every holiday, helps students develop specific public speaking skills.

Over the Winter holidays, the focus will be on Mock Trial.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • Provide high school students with an opportunity to develop their skills in a novel public speaking setting.

  • Expose students to more advanced theory sessions that focus on a specific public speaking concept.

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

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Course Overview

Bookings for our Winter Workshops are now OPEN!


As students progress through high school, they’re likely to come across many challenges – one of which will undoubtedly be public speaking.  Each of these opportunities to present will come with a unique set of circumstances, and it’s important that students are across a range of different speaking styles to meet the trials they’re almost certain to face.

Our Experienced Public Speaking program seeks to help students not only meet those trials, but to truly conquer them.  This program changes every holiday and places the focus on a different skill or type of public speaking, including:

  • Summer Holidays – Academic English Speeches;
  • Autumn Holidays – Impromptu Speeches;
  • Winter Holidays – Mock Trials; and
  • Spring Holidays – Speaking Manner.

Whilst it’s recommended that students give each of these focuses a try, there is no particular need to start with any of them, meaning students are welcome to join at any time!

As with all our programs, we make sure that every classroom environment is nurturing for each individual, and that all the activities are lots of fun for all students. Every focus is a great opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of public speaking and build their confidence to take those challenges head-on.

Over the Winter break, we will be offering a two-day course that introduces students to the legal world through Mock Trials!

The modern courtroom, with its barristers, objections and evidence, is somewhat of an enigma to the average school student – despite the fact it makes up one of the three branches of the Australian Government.  Our Mock Trial workshop seeks to dispel the myths perpetuated by the Boston Legal type shows, and show students what it is really like to practice as a lawyer in an Australian courtroom, all the while providing students with the opportunity to role-play the different characters that are necessary to keep the justice system running.

This workshop gives students the opportunity to take on a range of roles in a mock courtroom and teaches them public speaking from a new and novel perspective!

Whilst children appear to not be at particularly high risk from COVID-19, SSA places their safety (and the safety of our coaches) as our highest priority.  This emphasis on safety is the first tier of our teaching policy.

We generally consider the risk of transmission at our programs to be very unlikely.  This is for three reasons:

  1. From a general perspective, whilst children are not immune, they do show substantially milder symptoms than adults, and appear to catch and transmit the virus at lower rates.
  2. Local transmission rates are currently low, and the Government is acting very cautiously in removing restrictions – most people who catch the virus are quarantined, as are any known close contacts, which has significantly limited the spread of the virus.
  3. We have put in place a range of extra protections that are reviewed continuously for best practice, and seek to keep students as safe as possible.

We have prepared our COVID-19 Action Plan, which outlines the three methods we are using to keep students safe.

Whilst you are very welcome to read the Action Plan in full, the three elements are:

  1. Symptom Testing – whilst we instruct all parents not to send students displaying symptoms (or awaiting test results), we will be using temperature checks and coach training to ensure that any students who show symptoms are isolated and removed from programs;
  2. Limited Exposure – there are a range of steps in place to help ensure that students (and parents) socially distance, and limit the chance of spreading the virus; and
  3. Enhanced Sanitation – we have adopted hand and surface cleaning regimens to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, we will also be continuing to offer online programs for the foreseeable future. This will help ensure that parents and students who are uncomfortable with physical classes have an alternative that allows them to feel safe, whilst still receiving a quality education in public speaking and debating.

Please check out our COVID-19 Action Plan here, or get in touch if you have any questions!

Our Experienced Public Speaking workshop is an experienced level program.

This program is meant for students with formal coaching in public speaking, rather than new students – we strongly recommend that students only enrol if:

  • they have completed our Foundations of Public Speaking or Public Speaking Hummingbirds holiday programs (or have previously completed an Experienced Public Speaking or Public Speaking Hawks program, and want to try a new focus);
  • they have attended at least one of our Public Speaking term programs whilst in primary school, including our Public Speaking Parrots course;
  • they’ve received extensive training with another provider; or
  • they attend a school with a comprehensive public speaking program (which they have completed).

Importantly, debating and public speaking are very different skills – attending a debating program, or participating in a debating program at school, doesn’t really prepare students for this workshop.  They would be better off giving our Foundations of Public Speaking program a try.

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

During the Mock Trial program, students will:

  • be shown elements of the Australian legal system, with a particular focus on the justice system;
  • learn what the different roles are in the court room, and how they interact; and
  • have the opportunity to take on those roles and participate in a mock trial of their own.

Day #1

We kick off the first day with some ice breakers, and then a revision of the concepts covered in the Foundations of Public Speaking program.  Students are then taken through discussions of the legal system generally, which leads to further conversations about how courtrooms operate. With a more thorough understanding under their belt, students finish up the day by looking into the mock trial they’ll present the following day.

Importantly, the day isn’t just focussed on theory – there are plenty of activities to help break things up, apply their knowledge and keep things fun!


Day #2

The second day places the focus clearly on preparing and presenting a mock trial. Students are given plenty of time to prepare with coach assistance, and have the opportunity to do a complete Mock Trial with their coach presiding. The program then finishes up with a range of activities to help consolidate students’ understanding of the legal system!

Our classes vary in size every holiday depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Experienced Public Speaking class is 8 students with one coach.

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 Public Speaking workshop;
  • a completed coursebook that contains all of the theory they’ve covered, as well as any notes that they’ve taken; and
  • a much better understanding of a specific skill associated with public speaking!

If you’re interested in doing another holiday program, we would recommend that students move onto either:

Unfortunately, we don’t run any weekly public speaking 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 son really enjoyed the class. He said the teacher was great - he is humorous, vivid and knowledgeable! There was a point to learn behind each game they played. Also there was a structured notebook for them to write down the key points and strategies they learned. My boy said he had a great time!

Roz, Parent Experienced Public Speaking

My daughter thought her coach was very engaging, explained things well, gave useful comments and there the right balance of fun games and learning.

She came away with more confidence and some good ideas for improvement.

Belinda, Parent Experienced Public Speaking
  • After our Summer 2021 programs...

  • 100%

    of Experienced Public Speaking students had fun!

  • 100%

    of Experienced Public Speaking students felt their confidence improved.

  • 94%

    of Experienced Public Speaking students believed their argumentation improved.

  • 94%

    of Experienced Public Speaking students wanted to come back next time!