9:30AM - 1:00PM
This workshop provides interactive and fun activities to both deepen students’ understanding of how to best present in front of a class and to further develop their confidence in speaking to audiences.
This program is recommended for experienced students only.
Provide early primary students with new public speaking experiences.
Introduce students to new perspectives on public speaking, whilst understanding that students lack abstract thought.
Provide students with various opportunities to practice their skills and receive individualised feedback.
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This workshop seeks to provide students with various crucial life skills they need to succeed in life. Using the Tabby Cats program as a foundation, the Tigers program uses a mix of experiential learning and speaking games to help students both deepen their understanding of public speaking, as well as develop their confidence speaking in front of audiences.
Placing student-centred learning at its heart, this program changes from holiday to holiday, allowing students to practice and develop a much wider range of presentation skills. In particular, students will cover:
Each of these takes a deep dive into the selected topic, allowing students to develop their skills in a different way each and every holiday. Importantly, given that most students in this age group have not developed abstract thought, all sessions have a strong emphasis on activities and ‘learning by doing’.
We also make sure that classes are kept small – no bigger than eight students for every coach – so students are nurtured in a safe and welcoming environment where they feel comfortable expressing themselves.
If you’re interested in learning more about how our online programs work, please check out the below video!
Whenever we stand up to speak whether it be to a large audience or to a friend we are almost always telling a story. Whether it be sharing an opinion, talking about a book or recounting an event all of these rely on storytelling to be effective.
This program focuses entirely on the art of sharing stories. Throughout the workshop, students will be exposed to a variety of techniques that are used to share stories with an audience – from emotive techniques to descriptive tools.
The goal of the workshop is to help students feel more confident in expressing themselves in a clear and concise manner, with plenty of opportunities to practice and develop their skills!
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:
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:
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:
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 Presentation Skills Tigers workshop is designed for experienced students.
There are two groups of students who would benefit from our Presentation Skills Tigers program.
The first group are those who have previous formal coaching in public speaking. This may be from:
The Presentation Skills Tigers program also changes from holiday to holiday, so students are more than welcome (and even encouraged) to try it again and again. If you’re not sure whether your child has enough experience, please get in touch and we can chat about your circumstances.
The second group is for students who have a little experience, but are naturally more confident and would be able to hold their own with more experienced students. Whilst we would still recommend that these students still give our Presentation Skills Tabby Cats program a try first, we understand that dates and locations don’t always line up. Given this, we often enrol a few students without much experience. If you think your child may fall into this category, please reach out and we can discuss it with you!
After completing the Sharing Stories workshop, students should:
Revision of Fundamental Concepts
The program starts with a succinct (but important) revision of the essential concepts covered in our beginner level programs, including audience engagement and speech structure. This helps set students up for the rest of the program, and ensures that everyone starts on a similar level.
How Stories Impact Us
After going through the basics, students go through what stories are and why they’re such an influential way to communicate with others. Building off this, students look into what techniques storytellers use to make their stories more engaging, setting up the platform for the remainder of the workshop.
The Three Pillars of Storytelling
The bulk of the program looks at the three core pillars of storytelling – characters, settings and plots – and how these work together to make an interesting story. Students go through each in turn, considering how best to develop each pillar, before concluding the workshop by pulling all three together to become even more engaging storytellers.
Lots of Practice
Throughout the workshop, students will be given a wide range of opportunities to put their newfound skills into practice and present in front of their peers – given students in this age group learn best by doing, there are plenty of practice speeches and speaking activities built into the program!
Our classes vary in size every holiday depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Tigers 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 workshop, students will get to keep:
We strongly recommend waiting until Year 1 before enrolling in our Tabby Cats or Tigers holiday programs, or our Leopards and Lions term programs. All our Year 1 & 2 programs require students to be able to write at least simple sentences, as well as read their own handwriting and instructions on the board, which most Kindergarten students are unfortunately not able to do. This may well lead to those students feeling inferior to the rest of the class, creating new fears around public speaking – the exact opposite of what we hope to achieve.
If you think that your child has sufficient reading and writing skills, we would be more than happy to talk it through with you (although we would definitely recommend that they do the Presentation Skills Tabby Cats program first!) – alternatively, we would also be more than happy to add you to our email list (see below) so we can let you know when bookings open when your child is old enough to join!
It is an excellent program. I will be interested to book my daughter again in the future.
My daughter has learned a lot and was able to tell me about speech structures and key points about presenting in front of audience.
My kids enjoyed the online holiday programs very much. They had a lot of fun and learnt very useful strategies. It was much better than I had expected!
After our Summer 2021 programs...
Students had fun
Students felt their confidence improved
Students believed their manner improved
Students want to come back next time