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Foundations of Public Speaking

  • Beginner
  • 4 Days
  • Years 7 - 9

This public speaking program is designed to help inexperienced students in early high school develop the confidence to bring their words to life.

Student to Teacher Ratio 10:1
Course Objectives
  • Provide students with an introduction to the world of public speaking.

  • Help students devise speech topics, and put ideas into a persuasive structure.

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

  • Facilitiate students developing a love for public speaking!

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Time

9:30AM - 1:00PM

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Price

$195

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9:30AM - 1:00PM

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Course Overview

Bookings for our Online Spring Workshops NOW OPEN!

Public speaking is a necessary part of life.

Whilst this may sound scary, it really doesn’t have to be.  Our Foundations of Public Speaking workshop aims to help early high school students change the narrative of fear, find their feet, and turn public speaking into a source of fun in their lives.

By helping students develop their speech-writing and persuasive speaking skills in a nurturing environment, this course provides students with the necessary skills they will need to prepare structured and engaging speeches throughout high school.

As with each of our workshops, we make sure that the classes are kept small, and that all students have plenty of opportunities to practice their skills with their peers.

If you’re interested in learning more about how our online programs work, please check out the below video!

During the upcoming holidays, we will be offering many of our workshops both in-person and online.

For the most part, there is very little that separates our online and physical programs – both are interactive, cover the same theoretical concepts, and give students a range of opportunities to practice and develop their skills. Whilst some activities are different between the two, as some activities lend themselves better to physical or online classes, the actual learning outcomes remain the same for both classes.

Importantly, the timing of each workshop does differ:

  • Our in-person workshop runs between 9:15am and 3:15pm over two days;
  • Our online program runs between 9:30am and 1:00pm over four days.

Notably, the difference in price between each isn’t an indication of the quality of the program, or how much students will get out of the experience – both get the same amount of attention and care, and we’ve found some students develop better in an online environment.  The deviation instead is simply a result of the higher costs (such as venue hire, administrative staff and sanitation) associated with running classes face-to-face.

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 Foundations of Public Speaking workshop is a beginner level program.

It is designed for students with little (or even no) public speaking experience in early high school, and is perfect for all students, regardless of whether they are introverted or love being the centre of attention!

That said, if your child has just entered Year 7 and has already done our Public Speaking Hummingbirds or Public Speaking Parrots program, they are welcome to progress straight to our Experienced Public Speaking program.

If your child has already had plenty of exposure to public speaking, and you’re not sure whether our Foundations or Experienced Public Speaking program is best for you, please reach out and we would be more than happy to talk things through with you!

Over the course of the Foundations of Public Speaking workshop, students will be:

  • provided with a range of experienced that help them build resilience and overcome any fear of public speaking;
  • introduced to the key ideas around speechcraft, with a particular focus on developing speech ideas, crafting them into a persuasive presentation, and how to effectively present those ideas to an audience; and
  • given various opportunities to present both impromptu and prepared speeches with and to their peers.

Connecting with Audiences

The start of the workshop focuses on both creating a supportive and welcoming class environment, as well as the connection that exists between speakers and their audience.  Students will consider the importance of keeping audiences at the forefront when preparing speeches, and strategies that they can use to help engage them more effectively.

 

Developing Speech Ideas

As students progress, the focus will shift towards brainstorming ideas that they can craft into speeches.  This involves coming up with opinions on various topics, which students are then required to back up through a range of different speaking activities using the online platform.

 

Forming Persuasive Speeches

Once students are comfortable devising ideas for their speeches, the next step is to turn those ideas into a coherent speech.  Over a number of sessions, students learn how to craft their reasons into arguments, as well as how to both grab and keep their audiences attention using effective introductions and conclusions. Each session focuses on a different concept, and includes multiple opportunities to practice in front of their peers.

 

Final Presentations

At the end of the final day, students will finalise and give their final presentations to the class. This is a great opportunity for students to present to a more formal audience, which not only helps them develop their confidence, but also represents an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned to their peers.

Our classes vary in size every holiday depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Foundations of Public Speaking class is 10 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 completing the Foundations of Public Speaking workshop, students will have:

  • 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;
  • a completed persuasive speech, which they deliver to their peers at the end of the final day; and
  • hopefully a changed narrative in their mind, where public speaking is something to enjoy rather than fear!
Course Reviews

My daughter was initially very reluctant to attend the course and I had a great deal of trouble persuading her to go, but after the first day she came out of the classroom smiling and chatting with the coach, and said she really benefited by the course and that she liked it and enjoyed the learning, the tips given were very beneficial and she even taught us at home what they were. After the second day she said she would love to attend another holiday course.

Thank you to Rob who obviously did a great job in coaching this class. I would definitely enrol her again for a holiday workshop.

Judy, Parent Foundations of Public Speaking

My son thought it was 'quite good' - which in teenage speak means 'great'. He was public speaking some time later and was pleasantly surprised at how good he had become at public speaking, there was a noticeable improvement. So I am looking to send my other children along too!

Jo, Parent Foundations of Public Speaking
  • After our Summer 2020 programs...

  • 100%

    Students had fun

  • 98%

    Students felt their their speech structure improved

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    Students believed their manner improved

  • 87%

    Students felt their confidence improved